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While in the Peace Corps, Amy Goh ran 93 miles around the perimeter of Cape Verde, an island country off the western coast of Africa, in two days.
During a year abroad in Spain as an undergraduate, she completed a marathon in Seville.
Now, a decade later, Goh is eager to take up distance running again, for a cause dear to her heart. As one of the 75 Boston Marathon runners on Team Stork, Goh is raising funds for clinical care, research and education that will support healthier moms and babies and give all who are born at BWH the best possible chance at a healthy life. Formerly called Team Brigham, the group received a new name this year to reflect its focus on healthy moms and babies.
“I used to run a lot of races, which kept me in shape,” Goh said. “It’s a great fitness motivator to train for the Boston Marathon—and better yet, the Stork Fund is such a wonderful cause to be supporting.”
A midwife at BWH since March 2012, Goh is excited to raise funds for pregnant moms and babies at BWH—especially as she now facilitates Centering Pregnancy, a Brigham program that gives expecting teens optimal prenatal care and group support.
Not all of the participants on this year’s team are seasoned runners like Goh. For some, like Deland Fellow Sarah Adland and finance coordinator Edward Harms, this marathon will be their first.
“Newborn medicine and women’s health are central to the hospital’s identity,” said Adland, when asked why she chose to run her first marathon with Team Stork. “It is so important to support these areas in every way we can.”
Harms is equally excited: “I’ve wanted to run the Boston Marathon for years. Team Stork is helping me achieve two significant goals—running the marathon and raising money for a worthy cause.”
Leonardo Riella, MD, of the Renal Division, is one of six BWHers who is running the marathon with Team Stork, but whose fundraising efforts will support kidney disease treatment and research.
“I’m running in honor of three of my patients,” Riella said. “They suffered early loss of their kidneys and required transplants. They are fighters and survivors who drive us to further advance our field.”
All told, there are 25 BWH employees running with this year’s Team Stork. Since 1998, BWH’s Boston Marathon runners have collectively raised $5.5 million for vital patient and community health programs at BWH and BWFH.
To learn more about Team Stork and the Stork Fund, visit www.teamstork.org.