Fueling Life-giving Breakthroughs
On Sunday, June 26, more than 9,000 runners participated in the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). The 200 members of the BWH pledge fundraising team were in high spirits as they tackled the 6.2-mile course while representing and supporting BWH. Their reasons for running varied but the sentiment was the same—a desire to give back to the hospital that provides extraordinary care to patients and families.
Meghan Jordan ran in honor of her niece, Serena, who was born prematurely and spent more than three months in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BWH. “I wanted to do something to support the NICU,” she explains. “If you ever need to deliver a preterm infant, you want to be near the Brigham because the NICU is amazing. The nurses made scrapbooks. My sister would come in and they’d have new clothes for her. The care they provided made something very difficult more manageable. Serena is just the perfect little one.”
Sally Wang, MD, a hospitalist at BWH, ran in memory of Michael J. Davidson, MD, and to support the fellowship that bears his name. “Dr. Davidson was a phenomenal physician and I hope we can continue to honor his legacy to support new trainees in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.”
Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, surgical director of women’s musculoskeletal health at BWH, formed the Bone to Run team to raise money for women’s sports medicine research. Matzkin notes, “I’ve been wanting to organize a race for our group for a long time so when the Brigham paired up with the B.A.A., it was a great opportunity to put together a team. We only hope it will grow in the years to come.”
Anders Ohman, senior technical research assistant at BWH, chose to run to support the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund, which was founded by a Boston Marathon bombing survivor to fuel trauma research and care. “It’s inspiring to see a family turn tragedy into a personal way of giving back. And I love representing the Brigham. I’m really proud to work here.”
Together, the BWH team is projected to raise $110,000 to support life-giving breakthroughs that will improve the lives of patients and families in Boston and around the globe.
View pictures of the B.A.A. 10K
To learn more about running the B.A.A. 10K with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, contact Caroline Duncan at BWHmarathonprogram.org or 617-424-4263.