"Challenges are what make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful" -Mark Twain
Mass General Hospital will always hold a special place in my heart, since it was where I was taken immediately after being injured during the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. I was standing a few feet from the second explosion on Boylston Street and was thrown to the ground with shrapnel from the bomb cutting my legs, resulting in 40 to 50 dime-sized wounds.
I will always remember the good that happened on April 15, 2013: Kristen and Kayla, two strangers, who immediately helped me and tied their sweatshirts around my legs to stop the bleeding; Dr. Mindy Sherman and Dr. Sylvia Romm, who took care of me at MGH with such kindness and grace; the Tufts lacrosse team and entire athletic community, which gave me some of the best friends I could have asked for; and most importantly, my amazing family and friends, whose unconditional support and love helped me find resilience and strength.
My main motivation for running the 2017 Boston Marathon was what happened to me on this day, since it had such an impact on my life the past few years. I watched my sister, Ilana, run for the previous few years and her love for this race was contagious and inspiring. After training and running Boston last year, I’ve realized that running this race means so much more than getting a PR.
Running the Boston Marathon for MGH is about being a part of a community, a family. It’s about pushing yourself beyond your own limits until you’re in awe. It's about a cause that is much greater than yourself. It’s about telling your story and being proud of it. And it’s about giving back. It’s about using your own experiences, good or bad, in a way that you deem meaningful.
I received the most incredible care from MGH in 2013, on a day that was full of confusion and pain. I could not be more honored to run for MGH, specifically Mass General Hospital for Children. My sister and I are both raising funds and running for the hospital’s pediatric hematology-oncology program, their youngest cancer patients. Training through the bitter Boston Winter is nothing compared to what these kids go through.
I can’t imagine Patriots' Day in Boston without toeing the start line in Hopkinton with Ilana to run Boston's historic 26.2. Please help me in my journey to the finish line!
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote:
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time has raised over $13 million to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Funds raised are directed to cancer care, research, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
Thanks in large part to the philanthropic dollars raised by this Marathon Team, MGHfC is advancing cutting-edge research, increasing the number of clinical studies to improve cure rates, and providing the best treatment possible to pediatric cancer patients. MGHfC is also focused on the quality of life of its young patients and their families through the child life program, which utilizes therapeutic play - music and art therapy to help pediatric cancer patients and their families cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses.
This year, more patients than ever before utilized Child-Life services, which indicates the growing popularity of the programming, the recognition of its importance, and the program’s ability to continue to expand its offerings.
We are grateful for the hard work of all of our runners and the dedication of their family and friends, as they embark on fundraising and training for the historic 26.2 mile race.