More than a hundred BWH runners laced up their sneakers and gave it their all on April 18 as they participated in the 120th Boston Marathon for causes close to their hearts.
The 60 members of BWH’s Life.Giving.Breakthoughs. Marathon Team ran in support of the hospital’s campaign to transform the future of medicine—including 10 people who ran in honor of Dr. Michael J. Davidson and raised funds to establish an endovascular fellowship in his name. The 48 runners on the BWH Stepping Strong Marathon Team were supporting innovative research and clinical programs to advance trauma healing.
Salena Cui, a clinical research coordinator in the Division of Renal Medicine, was proud to have completed her first marathon with the Life.Giving.Breakthoughs. Marathon Team. For Cui, it was a way to thank doctors and patients at BWH who have made an impact on her career as a researcher.
“I feel so lucky that I was able to run with the Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. Marathon Team,” she said after the race. “I felt supported by my teammates the whole way through leading up to race day. I know this hospital means so much to so many people, and it was exciting to hear ‘Go Brigham’ cheers as I ran by.”
Maine native Danny Rosquete, a Boston-based sports attorney and member of the Stepping Strong team, described his first marathon experience as “life-changing.” Although some parts of the course were more difficult than others, he said, seeing crowds of people cheering for the runners got him through the race.
“I enjoyed every bit of today,” Rosquete said. “Running the Boston Marathon is a gift I wish I could give to everyone else. I’m so glad that I was able to join the Stepping Strong team with so many great people.”
Running his first Boston Marathon and fifth marathon overall, Kyle Rogers said it felt good to raise funds to advance trauma healing as part of the Stepping Strong Marathon Team. “Crossing the finish line was a good sense of accomplishment,” he said. “It was a rough race for me, but to be able to finish and know that I was running for Stepping Strong made it all worth it.”
Meryn Boraski, CRNA, a nurse anesthetist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, dedicated her first Boston Marathon with the Life.Giving.Breakthoughs. Team to her late grandmother. She also wanted to honor BWH for inspiring her to become a nurse. Boraski said it will be a day she’ll never forget.
“It was very inspiring to be around a group of BWH runners, all with individual stories of why they were here,” she said. “The Brigham team sets you up to succeed. They want you to do well. The camaraderie has been terrific. Today was by far the best experience I’ve had in my 16 years of living in this unbelievable city.”
Since 1998, BWH has raised more than $8.5 million through its Boston Marathon running program, which has helped improve the lives of patients and families in Boston and around the globe.