It's official! I am so happy to share that I will be running in the 127th Boston Marathon this upcoming spring.
Growing up on mile 23, running Boston has ALWAYS been a dream of mine and I am ecstatic about the opportunity to not only participate in the marathon but to also raise money for a hospital that holds such a special place in my heart.
My brother, Evan, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) when he was just under two years old. Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder that affects movement, muscle tone, and posture as well as spastic episodes within the muscles. Throughout his life, Evan has used a walker, ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) braces, crutches, a beloved service dog, and a wheelchair to accommodate his CP. In addition to these physical additions, he has also received various forms of therapy to establish stability, motor control, and strength.
We moved to Brookline, an urban suburb just outside of Boston city limits when he and I turned 6 and 8, respectively. Evan began receiving weekly physical and occupational therapy at Boston Children's Hospital throughout the years we lived in Boston. While I spent hours in BCH's waiting rooms, Evan received care that would not only shape but alter, the rest of his life. He gained independence and confidence, and was granted unconditional support and care. He was introduced to the world of adaptive sports through his therapists - something that altered the trajectory of Evan's life forever. What started as a slow introduction to snow-skiing, water-skiing, and cycling eventually turned into a love of basketball and track. Now, almost 15 years after his first day at BCH, Evan is entering his senior year of college and is a Division-I athlete playing wheelchair basketball at the University of Alabama.
Although our family moved away from Boston in 2012, BCH still holds a significant part of our hearts. The hours I spent in those waiting rooms translated into a life of happiness, independence, and strength for my little brother; for that, I feel forever indebted to the work that BCH does for kids, their siblings, and other loved ones.
I've joined the Miles for Miracles (MFM) team to raise money for Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) because I believe so strongly in all the amazing things BCH does for kids.
And the hospital doesn't just stop there. Boston Children's really understands 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.
In addition to running in April, I've made a goal to raise $15,000 for Boston Children's Hospital's Miles for Miracles team for kiddos like Evan, kiddos drastically different than him, and for all the differences that BCH continues to make in peoples' lives.
Support me, and support the hospital! Please make a gift today.