I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to be part of the Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles team in running the Boston Marathon for the 3rd year in a row. It is our mission to help raise funds to support a hospital that touches the lives of so many children and their families, especially our own. This year I once again have the honor of running for my two patient partners, my daughter Brigid and our very close friends’ son, Eamonn.
Although most of you may know Brigid’s story, her journey with Boston Children’s Hospital began at birth and she continues to be followed by many specialists. We are incredibly grateful for both the lifesaving and life altering care the hospital has provided. On January 9th, we will celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Brigid receiving the gift of life, a new liver. Additionally, in a few short weeks we will celebrate another very important anniversary. Nearly one year ago, Brigid underwent surgery at Children’s Hospital to receive her second cochlear implant after she lost the remainder of her hearing. Brigid has endured a lot in her 3 years, but finally, this past October we watched in amazement as she walked through the doors of her preschool. Moments like this are not lost on us. On these very special occasions, and honestly, every day we reflect on how incredibly grateful we are to Boston Children’s Hospital for literally making what at one point felt like the impossible possible. They truly make miracles happen.
And now to talk about another miracle, Eamonn. When Eamonn was born 3.5 months early at 1 lb. 13 oz. his parents were told a long list of complications a baby born this prematurely might face. Slowly, Eamonn faced nearly every one of those complications. Within Eamonn's first month, he faced life threatening situations and was rushed to the operating room for an emergency surgery when he weighed just 2 lbs. The amazing doctors at BCH were able to successfully operate on his tiny body. Eamonn spent 5 months in the NICU under the expert care of many specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital. He was eventually discharged home with respiratory/oxygen support and G-tube feedings. In September, Eamonn celebrated his 2nd birthday. I was so thrilled to be there and to be part of his big day. As I sat and watched him I was in awe of his smile, charisma and pure love of life. I watched as he ran around, off the ventilator, and enjoyed a slice of birthday cake. He has come so incredibly far. And he truly is an amazing miracle. Another miracle made possible through the work of Boston Children’s Hospital.
Every year I hope to find a way to try to give back in some way to a hospital that has given so very much to Brigid, Eamonn and so many other children who have needed their help. We are grateful beyond words for the work they do and for how much they truly care about the children. I ask that you please consider a donation to help support the amazing work they do every single day. Thank you so much!