On the Road to Life-Giving Breakthroughs
On Sunday, June 25, more than 10,000 runners participated in the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). The fundraising team from BWH fielded 600 members, who ran in support of clinical care and research initiatives at BWH. Team members had different reasons for undertaking this iconic road race, but all ran with the same purpose: to support the hospital’s doctors, nurses, and staff as they work to improve the lives of countless patients and families.
Angela Wozniak, RN, works with neurology patients at BWH and ran as a member of the Neuro-Tic Nurses team. “Family and friends close to me have been affected with illnesses that prevent them from being able to do day-to-day things—small, simple tasks we often take for granted,” said Wozniak. “I enjoy running, and being able to make a difference through running.”
Sean McDonough, the voice of Monday Night Football on ESPN, was the highest individual fundraiser, bringing in more than $45,000 to support a fellowship in honor and memory of Michael J. Davidson, MD. “Dr. Michael Davidson was a great man, and it’s a tremendous honor to run in his memory,” said McDonough. “[The B.A.A. 10K] is a great opportunity to do something good for other people. I would encourage anyone to sign up and run. There are so many good causes under the Brigham umbrella.”
Suzy Cosgrove ran the race for very personal reasons. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis last year, Cosgrove ran to support autoimmune disease research. “My cousin and I both have autoimmune diseases, so I wanted to participate in an event that would allow me to run and move while raising money to advance research and help others.”
Many BWH runners, like Sam Myott, participated in the road race in remembrance of family members “I chose this team and cancer care specifically because I’m running for my sister, who received treatment at Brigham and Women’s but unfortunately passed away,” said Myott. “It meant a lot to me to run in her memory.”
“Each of the 35 participants on our team has a strong connection and deep commitment to the Brigham and Women’s Outreach Program and its mission to help the underserved American Indian community,” said Ellen Bell. “The B.A.A. 10K was an amazing opportunity for our runners, supporters, and corporate sponsor—MFS Investment Management—to join together and raise awareness and funds for this vital program.”
This year’s team is expected to raise $318,000 to support world-class care, innovative training, and life-changing discoveries that benefit our patients and their families.
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To learn more about running the B.A.A. 10K with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, please contact Caroline Duncan, assistant director of the running program, at BWHteam@partners.org or 617-424-4263.