Support our 2015 Boston Marathon runners
The soggy conditions did little to slow down Team BIDMC on April 20, 2015 as 51 runners braved the elements for the 119th Boston Marathon. In its first race as an official Boston Athletic Association charity, Team BIDMC raised more than $360,000 to benefit a variety of BIDMC causes ranging from community health programs to groundbreaking research. Our 2015 runners supported 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 Boston Marathon team, please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/TeamBIDMC2015.
For information on the 2016 Boston Marathon Team, email Krissy Talevi at firstname.lastname@example.org.