by Erin Lade
Caitrin Kelly, a primary care doctor in our Barbara McInnis House medical respite facility, is running her first marathon for Team BHCHP this April. A global medicine fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, she spends half of her clinical time working at BHCHP. Kelly’s work at the organization inspired her to connect her passion for running with her dedication to the organization’s mission by joining the BHCHP’s Boston Marathon Team.
Evey year, approximately 30,000 dedicated runners line up in Hopkinton to run the Boston Marathon. This year, three of them will be representing Team BHCHP, through the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit Program. Last year, John Hancock-sponsored runners raised $13.1 million for charity.
Each of our runners will be raising at least $10,000 for our life-saving work while they train to run the 123rd Boston Marathon, the oldest annually contested marathon in the world.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana native has been a recreational runner since high school, and participating in the 26.2 mile race is something that has always been on her bucket list. Marathon training became an important hobby for Kelly since she finished her 3 year medical residency in June 2018, during which she could not work out regularly.
“I am very grateful to have the opportunity to join the BHCHP team for my fellowship year and experience this model of health care delivery, and jumped at the chance to give something back.” Kelly says of her decision to run the marathon for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, “I learn something new about the challenges our homeless patients face every week I work at BHCHP.”
Kelly’s dissatisfaction with the many barriers to care that homeless patients face motivated her to fundraise her first marathon in honor of the organization. While she is excited to participate in one of Boston’s greatest events, at this point Kelly says, “I am still so focused on getting through the training and fundraising I have not even thought about the race day finish line!”
Can’t make it to the finish line in person to cheer Caitrin on? You can always make a contribution to Caitrin’s fundraising or share the page with your network. Thank you to all of our supporters for being an essential part of Team BHCHP and supporting our patients all year round!