There are so many things to be grateful for in life, and two of the things I cherish most are HEALTH and FAMILY. This pandemic has put a magnifying glass on how precious life and relationships are and the indespensible role healthcare plays in our lives.
When COVID struck, I (like the rest of the world) didn't know where to turn, so one day I turned left out of my driveway and found solace on the streets of Wellesley. I hit the pavement morning after morning to reflect and reconnect. In 2021, I set out to do 4 half marathons - 1 each quarter (I can't believe it, but I came in 1st place in each one! Though, I was the only entrant...) Now, in 2022, I plan to do my first-ever full marathon (hopefully with other entrants).
Given my turtle-like pace, I didn't qualify for Boston on speed. But I turned my passion for healthcare into an opportunity to raise money for an amazing organization: Boston Children's Hospital. Disclosure: I earned the bib on my own, but my sister and brother-in-law do work there so I'm extra excited to support this cause.
Why Children's? Well, one of my first volunteering experiences was as a candy striper at the Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center where I held infants, rocking them and singing to them. It's an experience that I'll never forget. While I don't think Children's will let me run while holding (and singing to) an infant, I am excited to do my part to keep helping children for this world-renowned medical center where:
- researchers are constantly making amazing discoveries that change children's lives
- kids whose families can't afford health care are welcomed--more than any other hospital in Massachusetts
- they understand 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
Thank you for reading this! And thank you for generously supporting me, the hospital - and importantly, the CHILDREN.