I have worked as a pediatric staff nurse on Ellison 17, one of the acute care pediatric inpatient floors at MGH, for over 13 years now. Working with and caring for children was always going to be a part of my life, but I have been so blessed to have a career that I truly love. These children and their families are the bravest people I have ever encountered. I have witnessed first-hand how the research and efforts of the pediatric hematology-oncology program here at MGH has saved lives, enriched souls, and empowered families. Conversely, I have seen the devastating effects that cancer has on these beautiful children. My role as a nurse includes not only providing medical care, but to support, educate and encourage these families in one of the hardest times in their lives. I am humbled to take on such a role.
Running has been a part of my life since I was a teenager, and running the Boston Marathon has been a life-long aspiration. I am a single mother of three children, a passionate pediatric nurse, and I love running. Anyone who knows me, has heard me proclaim for years now that I plan on running the Boston Marathon in 2020. I am so honored to be granted the privilege of fulfilling this lifelong dream, while raising research funds for an organization that is near and dear to my heart. I have taken care of over a hundred hematology-oncology patients over the years and every single one is an inspiration. I have never run 26.2 miles, but that pales in comparison to the marathon these children are up against.
I hope you can all join me in these efforts and consider donating to this wonderful cause.