On April 21, 2014, 36,000 runners will make the 26.2-mile journey from Hopkinton to Boston in what may be one of the most poignant Boston Marathons in history. A first responder during last year’s marathon tragedy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has assembled a team of extraordinarily dedicated runners who have committed to fundraise far beyond the $5,000 minimum required by John Hancock’s non-profit marathon program. Since 1998 when BWH began partnering with John Hancock, the marathon’s landmark corporate sponsor, the BWH Marathon Team has raised an incredible $5.8 million for life-saving programs.
Gaining entry to the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon isn’t easy. Each runner is required by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) race organizers to have a bib number, which can be attained in one of two ways: by qualifying with a highly competitive performance time in a previous marathon or by raising funds for charity. As the marathon’s principal sponsor, John Hancock receives hundreds of bibs from the BAA and donates more than 1,000 of them to local non-profit organizations, enabling non-qualifying runners to participate.
“We are truly grateful to John Hancock and our marathon team for supporting our mission to provide world-class care and pioneer new treatments and cures,” says Betsy Nabel, MD, president of BWH and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.
At a kickoff meeting in December, Nabel thanked each team member for supporting the hospitals’ $1.5 billion campaign. By raising funds for life-giving breakthroughs, the team will help our physician-scientists tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges and provide countless patients in Boston and beyond with the most advanced, personalized care.
“As we move forward with our campaign to transform the future of medicine, we are honored that John Hancock continues to support our participation in the Boston Marathon for the 16th consecutive year,” Nabel says.
Tom Crohan, assistant vice president and counsel at John Hancock, says, “We are honored to support the world-class care and innovative research offered at the Brigham that improves lives locally and across the globe. The Brigham is a legendary healthcare institution, and we are especially proud of our unique Boston Marathon partnership.”
“This year, John Hancock’s support is more meaningful than ever,” Nabel says. “The 2014 Boston Marathon will be a run of resilience and emotional healing for the Brigham and Boston communities.”
If you would like to give to BWH in support of our runners, please visit bwhmarathonteam.org.