I am honored to have the opportunity join with the Boston Children’s Hospital Miles team for the 4th 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 fundraising in honor of 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 celebrated the 4th anniversary of Brigid receiving the gift of life, a new liver. Additionally, in a January we celebrate another very important anniversary. Two years 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 4 years. Boston Children’s Hospital has been by her side every day, over the past 4 years she’s been touched by their care at over 300 outpatient appointments as well as 2 months of inpatient stays. Over the past year she has really thrived. She has a true love of life. 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 3rd birthday. He also celebrated a major milestone in the fall when started pre-school. He too has thrived over the past year and has come so incredibly far. He truly is an amazing little boy. 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. I ask that you please consider a donation to help support the work they do every single day. Thank you so much!