ON YOUR MARKS: MGH marathon runners celebrate
It was a week filled with mixed emotions, but on April 16 the atmosphere under the Bulfinch tents was one of excitement and anticipation as MGH marathon runners and staff celebrated the upcoming race.
“These legs are as ready as they will ever be,” said Kim Carvalho, assistant director in MGH Development. Carvalho is running for Stephanie, her 8-year-old patient partner who is battling leukemia. “She doesn’t get a day off, so I don’t get a day off either – that’s all the inspiration I need.”
Mackenzie Ewing, an MGH occupational therapist, said she has prepared and trained and is ready to go. “I’m running to support the city, the patients I saw and to just give back.”
Jeff Davis, senior vice president of Human Resources, welcomed runners and guests to the celebration and introduced guest speaker Bill Rodgers, a Boston Marathon legend who has won the race four times.
“Running is one of the few events where thousands cheer each other on from the sidelines,” said Rodgers. “Running gives us something that is almost indefinable. It gives us strength.”
Rev. John Polk, director of the MGH Chaplaincy, offered a blessing for the runners, and attendees viewed a special video created by the MGH Public Affairs Office featuring members of the marathon teams and well-wishes from the hospital community.
“Today we look ahead to the 2014 marathon,” said Davis. “We celebrate the strength and resiliency of employees who will lace up their sneakers Monday and run 26.2 miles as part of the MGH marathon teams.”
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