Support our 2015 Boston Marathon runners
With a record-high 70 runners, BIDMC’s “Tread Strong” 2014 Boston Marathon team exceeded its $600,000 philanthropic goal, raising more than $640,000 to benefit a variety of BIDMC causes, from community health programs to groundbreaking research. In recognition of this landmark fundraising effort, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), the organization that manages the Boston Marathon, named BIDMC one of its official charities for 2015.
In 2015, BIDMC and its Boston Marathon Team continue to be committed to raising awareness of health care bias and promoting health equity in our communities. Our 2015 runners will support a variety of BIDMC programs including:
Bowdoin Street’s Healthy Champions Program
Healthy Champions is an interactive program at Bowdoin Street Health Center designed to create a way for economically disadvantaged young people to become ambassadors of health within their own families, schools, and the community.
Kidney Disease Research
Martin R. Pollak, M.D., and his team have identified a reason for the high rate of kidney disease in people of African descent and are actively working to alleviate this epidemic. Dr. Pollak and his team found that two common genetic variation sin a gene called APOL1 are responsible for African Americans' greatly increased susceptibility to kidney disease- variations that likely become common because they protect against African sleeping sickness.
Cancer Vaccine Program
BIDMC’s Cancer Vaccine Program is one of the largest cancer vaccine and cellular immunotherapy programs throughout the world. David Avigan, M.D., and his colleagues develop personalized, patient-specific vaccines created from the patients’ own tumors and immune cells. Several hundred patients with blood cancers and solid tumors have been treated with vaccines generated in their clinical immunotherapy facility, and through these treatments Dr. Avigan has demonstrated that vaccination results in powerful anti-tumor immune responses.
Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Each year, approximately one in eight babies in the United States is born prematurely, which has a profound impact on newborns and their families. These vulnerable babies often present with complex medical needs, ranging from severe breathing trouble to underdeveloped organs, and require specialized care to give them a healthy start. The Klarman Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BIDMC provides state-of-the-art, family-centered care for about 1,000 high-risk newborns and their families each year.
The Annual Fund provides flexible funding to advance the priorities and projects that support our mission of providing unparalleled care for all of our patients, teaching the next generation of physicians, and finding cures for the most devastating diseases of our time.
To support or learn more about our growing 2014 Boston Marathon team, please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/TeamBIDMC2015.