If you’ve met me, you know how important the city of Boston is to me. I grew up just 40 minutes north of the city, and my wardrobe is about 90% Boston sports T-shirts. I spent my college years living in Boston, where I really came to understand how special Marathon Monday is. The first time I saw the marathon, I was at the home stretch in Kenmore Square – just a couple blocks away from my Boston University dorm. I saw the runners’ determination firsthand, I saw exactly how important the race is to my city, and I made completing the Boston Marathon my goal.
I’ve spent the spring and summer training with my high school buddy, TJ Dye. I’m proud to say that TJ and I have joined Team Lahey, and we will make our dream a reality at the 2020 Boston Marathon! As excited as I am to run, the opportunity to contribute towards Team Lahey’s mission is far more important than my personal goal. I will be running to support a cause that really hits home for my family and me.
One year ago, my mother needed surgery to repair the mitral valve in her heart. I’m happy to say that the surgery was a success, but I know the uncertainty, stress and fear that comes when a loved one is having heart surgery. The only comfort that I felt while my mother was undergoing the operation came from knowing that she was in good hands. There’s no place in the country with better surgeons or medical care than right here in Massachusetts.
My mother is far from the only person within my family that has required cardiovascular care. I lost both of my grandfathers to heart disease, and the men in my family have suffered through strokes and heart attacks alarmingly early in their lives. It's shocking to get the news that somebody in their 40s has had a heart attack, even if it's minor.
Inspired by my family’s battles with heart disease, I will be running the Boston Marathon to support the Landsman Heart & Vascular Center at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. They provide several different services to treat heart patients and perform research that will save lives down the road. I could not be more honored to run for Team Lahey in the 2020 Boston Marathon. Please help me achieve this lifelong goal and support a great cause!