This fall I am excited to be joining the 2021 Boston Marathon Miles for Miracles team. Although I won’t be running on the Boston Marathon course, I will still be running 26.2 miles around Concord, NH for my patient partner, Kylie Patten.
I began running for the Miles for Miracles Boston marathon team five years ago. In that time, we have raised over $250,000 for Boston Children's Hospital. This journey has not only changed the lives of many children at BCH, but it has also dramatically changed my life. It is an honor to raise money to support this worthwhile cause which gives back to so many children in need. It’s been a humbling experience and has filled a void in my heart. Fundraising for BCH inspired me to start my own non - profit called Dancers at Heart in June of 2017. Our mission statement is simple: "We can all shine bright on stage but shining bright in life by helping and lifting others up is where we can all make an everlasting difference. Dancers at Heart is committed to raising funds that benefit the health and wellness of those in need while fostering kindness and support." For more information and to stay up to date on our events please visit our website at www.dancersatheart5678.org. Please "like" us on Facebook to follow our journey to raising as much as we can for Boston Children's Hospital this year!
This year the journey is even more meaningful to me. I will be running in honor of my patient partner, Kylie, who is a student at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center where I teach dance. Kylie who is eight years old, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February/March of 2021. In May 2021, after a grueling 7-hour surgery, the tumor was successfully removed by the amazing team at Boston Children Hospital. Kylie was recently released from the hospital and is recovering at home with her family. Although some challenges may lie ahead for Kylie, she’s ready to tackle them head on. Kylie is a strong girl with a passion for life. She’s looking forward to getting back to school and back to dance as soon as possible!
Dancers at Heart and I thank you in advance for your donation. All money raised this year will be restricted to Child Life Services at Boston Children’s Hospital. “The mission of the Child Life Services Department is to assist and support patients and families in their adjustment to the hospital experience. Emotional and developmental interventions are provided to ensure that the appropriate care and services are provided. This mission is accomplished through collaborative, interdisciplinary practice, and education.”