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I'm excited to be running the Boston Marathon again this April. It will be my 11th marathon overall, and I have to tell you that I had forgotten how much fun it is training for a marathon in the winter! But it is my HONOR to be running for another great cause. If you would please take a minute to read below, I think you will find it an inspiring story. Thanks for your time.
Out of Tragedy, A Tribute - The Maggie Ryan Endowed Fellowship in Global Health
I've joined the Miles for Miracles team because I strongly believe in all the amazing things Boston Children's Hospital does for kids:
Specifically, I am running for The Maggie Ryan Fellowship:
Maggie Ryan was a gifted leader, student and service provider. From speaking with her mother, Ann, I have been able to better understand what amazing work Maggie was performing to better the lives of children throughout the world. Maggie Ryan had great affection for Boston Children's Hospital. In high school, she had worked as a summer intern in a research lab in the Longwood Medical Area and that sparked her interest in studying medicine and global health.
After her sophomore year at Washington University in St. Louis, Maggie became a summer intern in the Global Health Program at Boston Children's. She loved children and understood the hospital's mission of care, research, teaching, and community. "There was something special about Maggie, a depth of caring unusual in someone so young. She had such a positive attitude and an exceptional ability to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and get things done, " - Dr. Michelle Niescierenko M.D, M.P.H. director of the Global Health Program at Boston's Children Hospital. Her experience over that summer, shadowing and being mentored by Dr. Niescierenko ignited a passion in Maggie to pursue a career in global health. After graduation from college, Maggie had planned to accept an offer to work as a health care assistant in Kenya. Her future was bright!
Tragically, Maggie was killed in a car accident while driving home days after she graduated from college. After Maggie's death, her mom Ann, took some solace from running long distances and put that effort into eventually running for Miles for Miracles and establishing a Fellowship in Maggie's name. I will have the honor to run in support of this mission. By providing funds to the Maggie Ryan Fellowship, we can continue the work she started at Boston Children's Hospital to reach children all over the world. Through the Global Health Fund, nurses and doctors have been able to provide care to millions of children throughtout the world. Testimonials from several recepients of the fund state: "I was able to travel to a remote hospital in Laos that treats children, a ten hour journey for most, I was able to help out Puerto Rico after the hurricane, and aid some of the millions of refugees in Lebanon, as well as assisting in establishing guide lines for the Global Health Innocentive at the United Nations " just to name a few of the projects supported by Maggie's Fund.
My goal is to raise $12,500 for this amazing fund. Please support me, to support the hospital and especially Maggie's Fund. Participation is most important to me. Any gift, regardless of size, is greatly appreciated. Please forward to anyone you think may be interested in helping.