Running for Cancer
Running for a Cause
BID-Plymouth employees use willpower, strength, and a desire to raise money for our Cancer Center
As healthcare professionals, everything Michelle Peterson and Christina Wieland do at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth is measured in minutes and seconds, however, their training for this year’s Boston Marathon was measured in months and hundreds of miles. Michelle, a nurse, and Christina, a lab assistant, work hard to help people every day.
This year, Michelle and Christina wanted to literally go the extra step to support cancer patients at BID-Plymouth. Every year, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston provides its affiliate hospitals, including BID-Plymouth, with two B.A.A Boston Marathon bibs. Michelle ran the Boston Marathon on April 16 as part of TEAM BIDMC. Thanks to months of fundraisers, events and generous people, Michelle and Christina were able to cross their fundraising finish line and raise a combined total of more than $18,000 for BID-Plymouth’s Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund.
Christina was not able to run the marathon this year due to a stress fracture in her femur a week before the marathon.
“Devastated is an understatement, running Boston has been a goal of mine for a long time,” said Christina. “Thank you so much to everyone who supported me. I’m looking forward to a strong comeback, and another long road to Boston.”
It wasn’t only the fundraising that helped BID-Plymouth’s two runners cross the finish line. Months of preparation and long runs during the cold winter months helped them complete the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boylston Street. It takes willpower, strength and commitment to not only train, but raise money at the same time. Michelle finished this year’s marathon in 4:56:46.
“The Boston Marathon was the hardest race that I have ever run and the most rewarding,” said Michelle Peterson. “Not a single training run could have prepared me for this year's race and it was truly a battle of the mind and body. I am so proud to report that I crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon and was able to raise money to support cancer patients at our hospital.”
Thank you to Michelle and Christina for all their hard work, preparation and fundraising on behalf of the BID-Plymouth Cancer Center.