My name is Ray Phillips, and I am proud to be running the 2020 Boston Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital representing the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Team. I've been involved with the Credit Unions Kids at Heart and Miles for Miracles programs for the past 20 years because I believe so strongly in all the amazing things Boston Children’s Hospital does for kids. Without Boston Children's Hospital, many of these rare diseases would not get the appropriate attention they need. Today, Boston Children's Hospital is one of the only hospitals in the world with full clinical programs devoted to rare illnesses. The hospital's patient care programs are unusually sensitive to what sick and injured children and their families really need. Researchers regularly make amazing discoveries that change children's lives. Boston Children's welcomes kids whose families can't afford health care, more than any other hospital in Massachusetts. Community programs make a point of reaching out to help low-income and at-risk kids. And the hospital doesn't just stop there. Boston Children's really understands the importance of training the next generation of top pediatricians and nurses, so they can continue to provide the best, most innovative care possible to kids.
This year, with 15 marathon entrants, the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Team is attempting to raise up to $400,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital to be earmarked for several pediatric brain research projects, including the search for treatments, therapies, and cures for Moyamoya Disease, Cerebral Palsy, pediatric epilepsy and seizure disorders, and pediatric brain cancer. This important neurological research benefits pediatric hospitals and other care centers around the world. Not surprisingly, this research is being performed by the scientists at the leading pediatric hospital on the planet, Boston Children’s Hospital. To learn more, please visit www.cukidsatheart.org
I've been privileged to have been a member of the Credit Unions Kids at Heart Team since the 2000 Boston Marathon, when I was lucky enough to be teamed up with my original Patient Partner, Andy Martin, for the first time. Andy was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down, and has been receiving treatment from Boston Children’s Hospital since birth. After 14 consecutive Boston Marathons as my Patient Partner, Andy achieved the goal that he had since he was just 4 years old, by completing the 2014 Boston Marathon as a wheelchair entrant in his first year of eligibility (age 18). Andy followed this up by completing the 2015, 2017, and 2018 Boston Marathons. Andy is currently taking some time off from his marathon career this year in attempt to recover from nerve damage in his elbow, so Andy once again will be my Patient Partner for the 2020 Boston Marathon. We are looking forward to what will be the 21st consecutive time that Andy has been either my Teammate or Patient Partner Please support my run, and support the hospital by making a gift today.
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P.S. Andy Martin’s determination has been an inspiration to so many, and we are all so proud of his amazing accomplishments. Andy’s quest to become a wheelchair entrant in the Boston has been chronicled in “The Team Andy Project”. To find more about Andy’s journey, please visit: https://theteamandyproject.wordpress.com/