Hundreds of runners representing Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) took to the streets of Boston’s scenic Back Bay on Sunday, June 24, in the annual B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham Health.
Spirits were high throughout the 6.2-mile course and at the BWH Team tent on Boston Common with participants running to raise funds to advance expert care and groundbreaking research at our hospitals while supporting causes near and dear to them.
As a special treat, Boston Marathon champions Des Linden and Meb Keflezighi stopped by the team tent to offer encouragement. More than half the Brigham Health team was comprised of BWH and BWFH employees, a testament to their dedication for caring and curing.
Matthew Mosquera, a resident in the Department of Psychiatry, was inspired to run for the Addiction Recovery Fund at BWFH as a member of Team Narwhal. “The entire day from start to finish was organized to perfection and my entire team had an amazing time, said Mosquera. “Getting to meet former Boston marathon winners Meb Keflezighi and Des Linden was an inspiring ending to a great day that will certainly keep us coming back for years to come.”
Many other runners, like Michelle Beauchemin, participated because of the profound impact BWH has had in their lives. Explaining how she ran in memory of her late husband Luke and to support the Brain Tumor Fund at BWH, Beauchemin said, “This event enabled me to not only honor Luke’s memory, but to also say thank you to everyone at BWH for the extraordinary love, care, and support he received throughout his short battle with glioblastoma.”
Jen Hudak ran to fundraise for the BWH Living Donor Center, honor her three living kidney donors, and give thanks. “I felt like I was at home and surrounded by 500 of my closest family members the whole morning,” said Hudak. “This was the most incredible experience, one that I know I will never forget. I am so lucky to be a part of the BWH family and grateful for these incredible opportunities that they offer to patients.”
This year’s race by the numbers
• 560 runners represented Brigham Health
• 65 BWH teams
• $270K raised thus far
• 290 BWH and BWFH employees ran as team members
To learn more about running the B.A.A. 10K with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, please contact Ali Luthman at email@example.com or 617-424-4235.