Last time I wrote this part of my fundraising page, I mentioned how “....my family was fortunate to be healthy and was not in need of South Shore Hospital”. Shortly after I ran the 2018 Boston Marathon, that changed. My dad suffered a life changing injury that consisted of numerous setbacks, surgeries, and countless trips to the hospital and visits to rehabs.
Falling in the driveway caused him to tear his quad tendon and temporarily lose function of his left leg. During the fall he got a wound on the skin that laid right over the tendon. Long story short, after months of fighting infections he received a skin graft to help the wound heal. Upon getting a scan, South Shore Hospital discovered that his heart was not functioning at a healthy rate and one month later he ended up at Brigham and Women’s hospital to have open-heart surgery to replace a malfunctioning valve and have a triple bypass.
My story may not be specific to cancer, but it is unique and inspirational. For 10 months, my family knew what it was like to make daily visits to the hospital, to coordinate schedules to ensure our loved one wasn’t alone in his hospital room, to make sure someone was at the hospital when the doctor would stop by... We know how much of a toll this took on my dad as well as our family.
Running the 2020 Boston Marathon for South Shore Health is the most personal way I felt like I could give back to the hospital that means so much to us. My dad has made great progress and continues to accomplish milestones each day. Supporting patients and families of South Shore Health is my mission. We want to ensure the patients of South Shore Health and the Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center understand they are going through a challenging period and we support their fight! Standing together and supporting each other helped my family persevere. Help me support others as they persevere through their challenge!