Among the 9,000-plus runners racing through Back Bay in the Boston Athletic Association 10K—presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital—were 200 members of the BWH fundraising team. They stayed in high spirits as they tackled the 6.2-mile course while representing and supporting the hospital on June 26.
The BWH team is projected to raise $110,000 to support life-giving breakthroughs for patients and families in Boston and around the globe.
Their reasons for running varied, but participants all shared one sentiment—a desire to give back to the hospital that provides extraordinary care to patients and families.
Megan Jordan, of Roslindale, ran in honor of her niece, Surina, who was born prematurely and spent more than three months in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BWH.
“I wanted to do something to support the NICU,” she explained. “If you ever need to deliver a preterm infant, you want to be near the Brigham because the NICU is amazing. The nurses made scrapbooks. My sister would come in and they’d have new clothes for her. The care they provided made something very difficult more manageable. Surina is just the perfect little one.”
Sally Wang, MD, a hospitalist at BWH, ran in memory of Michael J. Davidson, MD, and to support the fellowship that bears his name.
“Dr. Davidson was a phenomenal physician, and I hope we can continue to honor his legacy to support new trainees in the field of cardiothoracic surgery,” Wang said.
Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, surgical director of Women’s Sports Medicine at BWH, formed the Bone to Run team to raise money for research in her field.
“I’ve been wanting to organize a race for our group for a long time, so when the Brigham paired up with the B.A.A., it was a great opportunity to put together a team,” she said. “We hope it will only grow in the years to come.”
Anders Ohman, a senior technical research assistant at BWH, chose to run to support the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund, which was founded by a Boston Marathon bombing survivor to fuel trauma research and care.
“It’s inspiring to see a family turn tragedy into a personal way of giving back, and I love representing the Brigham. I’m really proud to work here,” Ohman said.