Growing, I remember my first encounter with someone who had frequent emergency visits to the hospital. The part that confused me the most was that he was my age. I always remembered seeing elders in the hospital, but I never heard about someone who was 10 years old . Ray was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia shortly after his parents immigrated to the United States from Haiti. When my mom told me Ray had to go to the doctor’s office a lot, I remember how sad I used to be because hospitals were always cold, colorless, and scary. However, one day my mother brought me to Boston Children’s Hospital to visit a church friend and my opinion changed. Upon my arrival, I was so shocked to see all the colors, smiling staff, and children who were in hospital clothes with bright smiles on their faces. To be honest, I almost forgot I was at the hospital. I couldn’t wait to see Ray because I knew I had to share the good news about this kid friendly hospital.
Two weeks later, I caught up with Ray’s older brother and mother at church. I told them that I visited a hospital that Ray should go to. His mother started to chuckle because I was so young and trying to give her sound medical advice based on one visit,. However, she then followed up saying, “We love Children’s Hospital! He’s been there since we got here. He’s at the hospital now, I will let him know you approve of his second home.” Boston Children’s Hospital always had a special place in my heart since then. When my sister did her clinicals at Boston Children’s Hospital, it brought me joy. When my best friend from high school told me she started working there as a full time nurse, I felt a little warm on the inside.Almost 20 years later, Boston Children’s Hospital has yet to leave my heart.
If you’re in the Boston area, I hope you can join me for the 2019 Eversource Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital! The Eversource Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital is a 2 or 6 mile walk that endeavors to help continue fueling the exceptional care and groundbreaking research that gives hope to every child and family who walks through our doors.
More than 5,000 friends, families, and Boston Children’s employees will help raise funds for the Eversource Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital, which will benefit The Every Child Fund—helping them to fulfill their goal: to give every child a healthy future. Every penny goes directly to support Boston Children’s lifesaving care and research and the families who need them the most.
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Walkers are welcome to start as early as 9:00am
Two-mile walkers: start between 9:00 11:00am
Six-mile walkers: start between 9:00 10:30am
*Any walker starting after 10:30 will need to walk the 2-mile route
You’ll have time to enjoy food, activities and entertainment once you cross the finish line.
Location: DCR Hatch Shell in Boston- 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02108
What to Bring: They encourage you to stay hydrated before, during and after the Walk by bringing your own water bottle. (They’ll have plenty of water, too!) Dress according to the day’s weather and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat to cover up.
Register: You can register here.
If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQ for the Walk!
I hope to see you this Sunday!