My name is Julie Sgroi and I’m honored to be running the 2018 Boston Marathon in support of my sister, recently diagnosed with brain cancer.
I will be running with the Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team, the same hospital that is treating my sister, who was diagnosed in July and has undergone brain surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and a host of other medications. Because of Mass General Hospital, she can continue her fight. When she lost her hair, I shaved my head in support of her. I am now running in her honor.
Now, more than ever, she needs my support. And I need yours.
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote:
Following the tragedy of the 2013 marathon bombings, Mass General was fortunate to receive 40 guaranteed entries from the Boston Athletic Association to create an Emergency Response Marathon Team.
For the fifth year, thanks to John Hancock, Mass General Emergency Response Marathon Team will raise funds to provide critical support for emergency care, disaster relief and disaster preparedness teaching and training at Mass General, efforts that benefit victims worldwide.
These funds are crucial to ensure that Mass General is ready for the next disaster – man-made or natural and support the training and resources needed to develop a carefully, integrated response that spans multiple departments throughout the hospital. “There’s no room for error,” says David Brown, MD, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General. “Our performance must be flawless. As in football, if one player of the 11 on the field doesn’t do the job, the play fails.”
At Mass General, we take emergency planning very seriously. Preparing for the next disaster takes much training and practice. Donors, like you, are critical to our success. Time spent training is not covered by insurance and often takes place outside work hours.
Money raised by the Mass General Emergency Response team allows Mass General to ready at a moment’s notice.