Tread Strong: Support BIDMC’s 2019 Boston Marathon Team

BIDMC Contributor

APRIL 15, 2019

MarathonSpotlightInsideJulieLynchAs a nurse in the Emergency Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Julie Lynch, RN, is no stranger to challenges. That’s why after taking up running only one year ago, it seemed natural for her to begin training for the 2019 Boston Marathon.

“A group of people from my local gym was training for the Duxbury Half Marathon and I thought ‘I can do this!’ and signed up,” she says. “Previously I had never run more than three miles.”

With that first race under her belt, Julie turned her sights to running her first marathon.

“Every year I watch the Boston Marathon with my daughter and I get this excited feeling watching the runners,” she says. “I thought about how incredible it would be to cross the finish line and have all those people cheering me on.”

Julie decided to make her running dreams a reality, while supporting a cause she’s passionate about. “I’m running for Team BIDMC and BID-Plymouth’s Behavioral Health Department because I’m so proud to be a nurse at BID-Plymouth,” she says.

Every day, Julie sees patients with substance abuse and mental health issues. Knowing that BIDMC and BID-Plymouth have great resources available for these populations inspired her to want to give back as a member of the Marathon team. “The crucial resources we offer help these patients get proper care,” she explains.

As she trains for race day, Julie has been grateful for the support of her family and continually surprised by her own strength.

“It’s been so amazing to realize what my body is capable of,” she says. “Each week, I add miles to my run and realize I can do this.”

Learn more about Julie and support Team BIDMC.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding.

BIDMC is in the community with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the Jackson Laboratory. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.

BIDMC is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.