In our “Why i run”, Boston Marathon runners share what inspires them to do the 26.2 mile Hopkinton to Boston trek. If you run the marathon you can share your story here.
Name: Joshua Dodderer
Age: 27 years old
As a Pediatric Resident at Boston Children’s Hospital, I witness the exceptional resilience and courage our patients and their families possess in their struggle for health and healing. I run the Boston Marathon with the Miles for Miracles team at Boston Children’s Hospital as another tangible avenue I could better love and serve them along the arduous roads they encounter.
The journey of each patient and family we serve is unique and involves many challenges. Yet they are constantly confronted every day with an infectious hope and inspiration that energizes me as I serve them in the hospital and during my marathon training. I am encouraged every day to see the direct benefit Miles for Miracles funds bring to our patients and their families, whether that means causing smiles when therapy dogs greet them or witnessing tears from gratitude when essential medications, therapies or groceries are covered. These seemingly tiny victories on the road to optimal health are what motivates me to push harder to Heartbreak Hill, faster after Coolidge Corner and harder in the later stages of Boylston.
As these small victories on the marathon course add to the inexplicable celebration at the finish line, so too, these small victories at the hospital contribute to breathtaking moments of triumph for our patients and their families. Therefore, just as I continue to put on my running shoes and buckle my hydration belt for another run, I will also continue to put on my mask and wrap my stethoscope around my neck to prepare to love. and to serve my patients and their families in the best possible way. That’s why I’m running.
Editor’s Note: This entry may have been edited slightly for clarity or grammar.
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