A Record-Breaking Marathon
Congratulations to this year’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Marathon Team! The team has raised over $800,000 in support of life-giving breakthroughs—surpassing its fundraising goal of $600,000 and exceeding its previous record of $521,000 achieved in 2009.
The team was 122 runners strong, each with their own story of why they ran on behalf of the hospital. They included first responders to last year’s marathon bombings and survivors, non-finishers from 2013, first-time marathoners, and BWH employees, patients, and friends.
With more than 35,000 total runners and one million spectators cheering them on, it was the most spirited Boston Marathon yet. Symbolizing the day’s feelings of solidarity and pride, several BWH team members linked hands as they crossed the finish line, including one group running for the hospital’s Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund.
Sunita Sharma, MD, MPH, an associate physician in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, was beaming even after running 26.2 miles. “It brought out the best of Boston,” she said, “with strangers supporting strangers and the crowd pulling us through.”
For Justin Bala-Hampton, a former BWH Intensive Care Unit nurse who is now getting a PhD in nursing, finishing the race was a healing experience. “Last year, I was approaching mile 26 when the bombs went off,” he said. “This year, I was fine until I got to Kenmore Square—and then my emotions got the better of me. It was fantastic to finish what I started. And I will do it again next year.”
For the 16th consecutive year, BWH has been proud to partner with the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program. Cumulatively, the team has raised more than $6.6 million for vital clinical, research, and educational programs at the hospital.
“We are so incredibly grateful to our runners and to everyone who supported them, making this such a banner year,” said Rebecca Levin, senior director of strategic events and planning at BWH. “And if you haven’t had a chance to give to the team yet, it’s not too late to pitch in.”
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