2014 Team Eye and Ear Members
We are excited to introduce the 102 members of Team Eye and Ear, the Mass. Eye and Ear marathon team that will participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21. Team Eye and Ear members span a wide range of athletic abilities (novice to experience marathoners) and walks of life. They are generous and dedicated individuals who are athletes, fundraisers and ambassadors for Mass. Eye and Ear. Their hard word, dedication and pure passion brings new hope and a healthier future to people everywhere who suffer from debilitating conditions affecting sight, hearing, voice, balance, taste and smell, as well as cancers of the eye, head and neck.
Allison Abate (Reading, MA)
Allison will be running her first marathon this April and is honored and thrilled to be part of Team Eye and Ear. She has run numerous half marathons and is looking forward to the 26.2 mile challenge. Allison’s young daughters have received pediatric care at Mass. Eye and Ear and her beloved friend and babysitter suffered a terrible accident on the softball field, nearly losing her eye and crushing her cheek and jaw. The physicians at Mass. Eye and Ear were able to save her eye and vision and partner with the best plastic surgeons to shape her face back to its beautiful original state. The care she received inspired Allison to run for Team Eye and Ear. She will also be running in tribute to the victims of last year’s bombing who received treatment at Mass. Eye and Ear for their injuries and is proud to be Boston Strong in 2014.
To support Allison, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/AllisonAbate
Matt Bacigalupo (Somerville, MA)
Running his first Boston Marathon, Matt is looking forward to combining his love of running and commitment to philanthropy. He recently finished a period where he ran three half-marathons in four weeks. Matt said, “It was incredibly challenging, but the things most worth completing are the ones that challenge you the most.” He also completed the Tough Mudder in New Hampshire in 91degree heat. Each month, Matt identifies a charity that has meaning to himself or a loved one and makes a donation. He will be running for Team Eye and Ear in gratitude for care his family has received at Mass. Eye and Ear and to help advance research.
To support Matt, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/MatthewGeorge
Kelli Bakopanos (Ashburn, VA)
As a child, Kelli struggled with many ear infections and eventually learned that she had holes in her eardrum. Over the course of her childhood, she went through eight different surgeries to repair the eardrum. It wasn’t until she was a senior in high school that she had her final surgery, which thankfully repaired her perforated eardrum and prevented life-long hearing problems. Kelli remembers the wonderful doctors and nurses who took care of her and her family throughout her childhood. She is excited to join Team Eye and Ear to raise money for patients in her situation and to make sure that they too are taken care of by wonderful doctors that care about their patients. This will be her first marathon.
To support Kelli, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/KelliBakopanos
Kati Bannish (Wellesley, MA)
Kati is running with Team Eye and Ear to help find a cure for macular degeneration (AMD). Kati’s father suffers from AMD and has lost vision in one of his eyes and is starting to lose his vision in his good eye. She is hoping that she can help find a cure for AMD so that her father can watch her three young boys grow up. One of Kati’s sons has also been treated at Mass. Eye and Ear. In her words, “Mass. Eye and Ear has been an amazing resource for my son – it has given me the confidence that he is receiving the best care available to him and I want to help share that with others!” This will be Kati’s second marathon, her first with Team Eye and Ear.
To support Kati, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/KatiBannish
Bill Barkeley (Grand Rapids, MI)
Bill is a returning member of Team Eye and Ear. He ran with the team in 2012 to celebrate his 50th birthday and to continue to advocate his personal mission of No Barriers. Bill is one of approximately 15,000 people in the U.S. with Usher’s Syndrome, a disease that progressively robs people of both their hearing and vision. There are no known treatments. Bill has lost 85% of his hearing from birth and in his late teens began to experience night blindness and vision loss. Despite this, Bill travels the world as a deaf-blind adventurer and advocate. He completed climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Quandary, competed in the World T.E.A.M Sports, and hosted the 2011 No Barriers USA Summit. Last summer Bill led a group of 17 hearing impaired and deaf kids from around the U.S. on an adventure trip of a lifetime in Colorado. This spring, Bill will be awarded the No Barriers Leader of the Year at the Global Explorer Citizen of the World Awards. Bill has been a patient of Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Eliot Berson for the past 20 years.
To support Bill, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/BillBarkeley
Jeff Blostein (Coconut Creek, FL)
Jeff is inspired to run with Team Eye and Ear by his son who was diagnosed at age one with a rare eye disease called Coat’s Disease. Zach, now 13 years old, went through surgery after surgery, eventually losing all vision in his right eye. Through this journey, Jeff came to see how important leading-edge research and great physicians are to helping find cures for conditions that cause vision loss. Jeff is honored run his first marathon with Team Eye and Ear to raise money for research and patient care to ensure better futures for patients like Zach and the many children he has encountered through his son’s care.
To support Jeff, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JeffBlostein
Jon Bogosian (South Boston, MA)
Jon was the Captain of the Boston College Track and Field Team and had great success in the High Jump. During his college career, he competed against the best athletes in the world. Jon has long aspired to run the Boston Marathon and is proud to run with Team Eye and Ear in 2014. A Surgical Instruments Specialist at Bausch & Lomb, Jon works closely with Mass. Eye and Ear on a daily basis. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to support the mission of the hospital and experience Marathon Monday.
To support Jon, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JonBogosian
Sarah Bowe (San Antonio, TX)
Sarah grew up in Quincy, MA. Each Patriot’s Day, she would go into Copley Square to watch the Boston Marathon hoping that one day she would complete the course. In 2007 and 2008, she had the chance to reach that goal and make lasting memories of crossing the finish line on Boylston Street. Immediately after the events unfolded last year, she marked down the date for the 118th Boston Marathon, feeling compelled to participate. When a friend at the U.S. Air Force, where Sarah is an ear, nose and throat surgeon, told her about Team Eye and Ear she jumped at the chance to not only run Boston again, but to raise money to support her colleagues at Mass. Eye and Ear and their research endeavors, specifically those related to hearing loss and head and neck cancer.
To support Sarah, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/SarahBowe1
Matthew Brigger (San Diego, CA)
A pediatric otolaryngologist in the US Navy, Matt is returning to Team Eye and Ear for the third time and his ninth marathon. Matt was a fellow Mass. Eye and Ear in 2007-2009 and was thrilled to run the Boston Marathon last year with his close friends and former colleagues. He finished before the tragic bombings at the finish line and decided to run again as soon as he confirmed everyone he knew was safe. “The opportunity to raise funds with some of my close friends for a great cause at a great institution is unbelievable,” he explains. “While I was at Mass. Eye and Ear I witnessed the ‘anything is possible’ concept every day.” Matt has taken that idea of ‘anything is possible’ and applied it to his whole life.
To support Matt, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/teameyeandear/fundraiser/matthewbrigger
Dana Brundage (New York, NY)
Dana enjoyed her experience running with Team Eye and Ear in 2008 that she is returning in 2014. She enjoyed the training – even through a Boston winter. Her dream of finishing the Boston Marathon was derailed by high temperatures and sickness on race day. Dana’s race ended in the medical tent at Wellesley. She was devastated and been eager to attempt the distance again. The tragedies of 2013 affirmed that this is the year she will run the race again. Dana says it is not just about personal goals but also about coming together to create a beautiful day and experience out of something so awful. She looks forward to crossing the finish line Boston Strong two days before her 36th birthday!
To support Dana, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/DanaBrundage
Jenaro Cardona-Fox (Boston, MA)
Jenaro is excited to join Team Eye and Ear for his third Boston Marathon. In addition to running five other marathons, he has participated in two full Iron Man races and three Pan Mass Challenges. Jenaro was inspired to join Team Eye and Ear after learning about the team from one of his colleagues, who ran for Team Eye and Ear in the past. Jenaro looks forward to supporting and raising funds for Dr. Hartnick’s team.
To support Jenaro, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JenaroCardonaFox
Julie Cashman (Mansfield, MA)
Julie is excited to run her first marathon with Team Eye and Ear. As a school nurse, she continually sees the examples of Mass. Eye and Ear’s exceptional patient care and feels truly blessed to have such a great resource close by. Her daughter Emma is also a Mass. Eye and Ear patient. When Emma was in preschool she failed her school hearing test and was referred to Mass. Eye and Ear immediately. Emma was found to have significant hearing loss and it was unclear if her hearing would return. Emma had surgery within two days later and improvement was noted within weeks. Julie is forever grateful for grateful for the care that Emma received and is looking forward to helping other children and adults have a healthy future.
To support Julie, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundrasier/JulieCashman
Ayan Chatterjee (Cambridge, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
Inspired by his teammates and running friends, Ayan is returning to Team Eye and Ear for his third Boston Marathon. He is running again this year in honor of his grandfather who went blind from glaucoma and suffered the last few months of his life in near complete blindness. Ayan is currently a medical student, pursuing a career in Ophthalmology and aspires to help patients like his grandfather who face the challenges of diminished vision and help improve their quality of life. His fundraising efforts will benefit glaucoma research at Mass. Eye and Ear.
To support Ayan, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/AyanChatterjee
Alexis Chilinski (Medway, MA)
Alexis has overcome a Crohn’s disease diagnosis to chase her dreams. A Walt Disney Cast Member, she is now training for marathons. Alexis ran the Walt Disney World Half Marathon last year and is making her first attempt at the full distance this winter in preparation for the 2014 Boston Marathon. She is running with Team Eye and Ear to raise funds for people impacted by conditions that affect the upper body senses and functions.
To support Alexis, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/AlexisChilinski
Paul J. Ciancarelli (Boston, MA)
A proud Bostonian, completing the historic Boston Marathon has always been a dream of Paul’s, beginning as a kid watching the race from Heartbreak Hill and as an adult cheering on friends at the finish line. After the tragic events of 2013, Paul knew it was time to make his personal goal a reality and most importantly, a chance for him to play a part in supporting those affected by this horrific tragedy. He is embarking on the journey inspired by people like his former HR Manager, who hired him as a recent college graduate out of Providence College in 2006 and sadly lost her leg in the bombings. Paul has been a patient at Mass. Eye and Ear for the past five years. In addition to crossing the finish line, Paul and his wife are expecting their first child this spring.
To support Paul, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/PaulCiancarelli1
Elizabeth Conway (Newton, MA)
Last March, Elizabeth’s world started spinning….literally and figuratively. She woke up one day with vertigo (loss of balance, equilibrium and dizziness) and was ultimately diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, a problem with the inner ear that causes ringing in the ear, vertigo and hearing loss. The goal of treatment for Meniere’s is to limit the attacks of vertigo and Elizabeth is pleased to be making progress. She has run several marathons and is proud to have run a Boston qualifier in 2010. A grateful patient, she is excited to be running the 2014 Boston Marathon with Team Eye and Ear to tell her story and raise awareness about the disease.
To support Elizabeth, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/ElizabethConway1
Kaitlyn Cooney (Wyckoff, NJ)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
Kaitlyn is a Registered Nurse in the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Clinic at Mass. Eye and Ear and is honored and excited to be part of Team Eye and Ear. Running has always been a passion for Kaitlyn that began as a child and continued into a running career on the Varsity Track and Field Team at Boston College. She completed her first marathon in July and is looking forward to running the Boston Marathon. Kaitlyn will be running on behalf of the patients who come to Mass. Eye and Ear for life changing care and those who were injured, lost their lives or are still recovering from last year’s marathon bombings.
To support Kaitlyn, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/KaitlynCooney
Julianna Curtis (Stoneham, MA)
An avid runner, Juliana joins Team Eye and Ear to fulfill her lifelong dream of running the Boston Marathon. She will run in honor of her grandmother, who passed away last year. Juliana is looking forward to training with other team members and using her passion for fitness to advance Mass. Eye and Ear’s mission.
To support Runner, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JuliannaCurtis
Mark Danahy (Rockland, MA)
Mark has dreamt of running the Boston Marathon for a number of years, and has decided that now is the time to achieve his goal. His friend recently received cochlear implants at Mass. Eye and Ear, and her quality of life has improved dramatically since that time. Mark says, “I’ve seen the amazing work that Mass. Eye and Ear does, so if I can help raise money for a great cause while running the marathon, it’s great for everyone.” In his free time, Mark enjoys playing basketball, hiking and running. He has completed four half marathons in the past, and looks forward to completing his first marathon this April.
To support Mark, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/MarkDanahy
Jessie Davis (Boston, MA)
Marathon Monday has been one of Jessie’s favorite days of the year. On the course cheering on a colleague last year, she was shocked and saddened by the tragedies at the finish line. Jessie experienced the fear of the disarray on the course and amidst the devastation, made a promise to herself that she would run the Boston Marathon in 2014. She will be running for the people who were injured and lost their lives in 2013, the city she loves and Mass. Eye and Ear. Jessie has embarked on training and is looking forward to helping raise funds and awareness for the organization that has helped family members with vision and hearing conditions as well as head and neck cancer.
To support Jessie, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JessieDavis
Jillian DeBusk (Newton, MA)
A special education teacher at the Carroll School, Jillian will be fulfilling a “bucket list” dream of completing the Boston Marathon. She is inspired by the work done at Mass. Eye and Ear and will be running to raise funds for Operation Airway. The Team Eye and Ear member is a fitness enthusiast who turned to running after a devastating skiing accident. Jillian says that nothing brings her quite as much joy as running along Commonwealth Avenue past the Johnny Kelley statue, ahead of target pace and trading smiles with fellow runners. The sport of running has empowered her to change the way she views herself and how her contributions can make a difference in the lives of others.
To support Jillian, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JillianDeBusk
Steven DellaCroce (Mansfield, MA)
Steven ran his first marathon with Team Eye and Ear in 2013. He was rerouted at Mile 22 when the finishing line bombings occured. He is returning this year to finish what he started and will be running again with his friend and teammate Melanie Powers. They are both running in memory of her late father. Steven is inpsired by his two beautiful girls, Aaliyah and Jaydin. He says, “They make my life adventurous every day and always keep me on my toes.”
To support Steven, please visits http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/StevenDellacroce
Heather Demers (Derry, NH)
This April will mark Heather’s first marathon, and she could not be more excited to run for such an amazing team. “Mass. Eye and Ear saved my son Brady’s life six years ago, and I cannot think of a better way to give thanks,” Heather says. Brady was born premature at 24 weeks on November 28, 2007. He weighed one lb. four oz. and was 12 ½ inches long. Brady spent eight months in Boston hospitals on life support, unable to breathe on his own, until he was eventually transferred to Mass. Eye and Ear. At Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Hartnick and his team performed a tracheal reconstruction surgery on Brady that not only saved his life, but would also improve his quality of life. “On Thanksgiving Day, Brady turned six years old, and on April 21, 2014, I run in honor of my little fighter, and biggest hero, Brady Sean. Boston Strong!”
To support Heather, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/HeatherDemers
Debra Diegoli (Taunton, MA)
This April marks Debra’s 30th anniversary of her first Boston Marathon, and she is thrilled to mark this milestone by running in the 2014 race. Debra is not new to giving back; she has participated in both the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Relay for Life in the past, and now she looks forward to raising funds for research at Mass. Eye and Ear. Debra’s grandson was born with a hearing deficiency, which was very difficult to pinpoint for the first four years of his life. At the age of ten, he now wears a hearing aid and is doing very well. Debra would like to raise funds to help further hearing research, to help others like her grandson.
To support Debra, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/DebHarwoodDiegoli
Dean Fairchild (Newton, MA)
Dean was inspired to join Team Eye and Ear by his neighbor, Dr. Christopher Hartnick, Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Division at Mass. Eye and Ear. He loves the discipline that running provides and is excited to join Dr. Hartnick and other members of the Team in investing in Mass. Eye and Ear’s mission. This will be Dean’s first marathon.
To support Dean, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/DeanFairchild
Nancy Falco (Hanover, MA)
An avid runner, Nancy has run eight marathons across the United States over the past 13 years. Though she has not been a Mass. Eye and Ear patient herself, she is inspired by the life-changing care that its doctors and nurses provide, particularly in the wake of last year’s marathon bombings. This will be Nancy’s first marathon with Team Eye and Ear and her third Boston Marathon.
To support Nancy, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundrasier/NancyFalco
Lisa and Russ Fleming (Winchester, MA)
Lisa and Russ are returning to run with Team Eye and Ear in 2014 in appreciation for the excellent care his daughter, Emily, has received for corneal lacerations at Mass. Eye and Ear. Emily is a patient of Dr. Kathryn Colby. As a family, they are thankful for the care Emily and other family members have benefited from. Lisa and Russ are pleased to be able to run the marathon again in support of Mass. Eye and Ear.
To support Russ, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/LisaRussFleming
Tim Fletcher (Lakeville, MA)
Tim joins Team Eye and Ear for the opportunity to give back for all the help his family has received from Mass. Eye and Ear over the years. He runs for his daughter, a patient of Dr. Keamy’s, and for his Uncle, who received care at Mass. Eye and Ear for eye-related problems. Tim has been involved in a number of charities and non-profit organizations in the past, and looks forward to supporting Mass. Eye and Ear. In his spare time, Tim enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, surfing and spending time outdoors with his two daughters. This April will mark Tim’s first marathon.
To support Tim, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/TimothyFletcher
Melissa Foley (Reading, MA)
Melissa is proud and honored to join Team Eye and Ear for her first full marathon. She is forever grateful to Mass. Eye and Ear for saving her friend’s daughter’s eyes. Jenna was diagnosed with retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye) in both of her eyes, when she was just six months old. She is two and a half now, with minimal vision loss in both eyes. Jenna has now been out of treatment for over a year and is continually moving in the right direction. “Jenna is a beautiful and funny two and a half year old who truly loves life. I am forever grateful to Mass. Eye and Ear for saving Jenna’s life and preserving her vision. Running for Team Eye and Ear allows me to give back to this amazing institution and to help other children like Jenna.”
To support Melissa, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/MelissaFoley
Sandra Garney (Oxford, MA)
Sandra is an avid runner who joins Team Eye and Ear for her first Boston Marathon. She is no stranger to the exceptional care that Mass. Eye and Ear provides as she and both her parents have been cared for at Mass. Eye and Ear. Her mother had hereditary glaucoma that was treated with laser surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear. Her father is seen for his recurring episodes of vertigo. And, after rupturing an eardrum, Sandra was monitored at Mass. Eye and Ear for more than 10 years. As a member of Team Eye and Ear, she looks forward using her talent for running to serve others.
To support Sandra, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/SandraGarney
Elizabeth Goddard (Boston, MA)
Elizabeth is running the 2014 Boston Marathon to support the Glaucoma Center at Mass. Eye and Ear. Her father has been a patient for several years. Doctors discovered a birthmark on his face was putting pressure on his eye and causing glaucoma. Through a series of difficult procedures, Elizabeth and her family have been impressed with the intelligence, thoroughness and professionalism of the care provided by Mass. Eye and Ear.
A natural athlete, she grew up in the Boston area and has enjoyed running local races. In addition to her work at Fidelity Investments, Elizabeth coaches lacrosse at Emmanuel College. She has always admired the charity runners while watching the Boston Marathon and thrilled to have the opportunity to join them this April to raise funds and awareness for Mass. Eye and Ear.
To support Elizabeth, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/ElizabethGoddard
Megan Griffith (Wellesley, MA)
A fitness enthusiast and avid runner, Megan has dreamed of running the Boston Marathon since her student days at Boston College. Now a mom to three young children and a volunteer for at-risk youths, Megan is honored to fulfill her dream as a member of Team Eye and Ear and help raise funds and awareness for the work Mass. Eye and Ear is doing to help children see and hear.
To support Megan, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/MeganGriffith
Andrew Gross (Cambridge, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
A fellow in Neuro-Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear, Andrew has always wanted to run a marathon and is thrilled to be part of Team Eye and Ear in 2014. His marathon efforts will help patients he sees on a daily basis. He says his favorite run has been along a mountain road in New Zealand. Andrew is a native of North Carolina and enjoys aviation. He has flown an air plane in all fifty states.
To support Andrew, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/AndrewGross
Rebecca Hammon, MD (Somerville, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
First inspired to take up running by her father, Rebecca is an otolaryngology resident at Mass Eye and Ear. She is in the midst of two years of dedicated research time working in Dr. James Rocco’s head and neck cancer biology lab and is passionate about translating what she is learning in the lab into better treatments for patients. In her words, “Our patients are a constant source of inspiration to me, and I would like to thank them for the grace, strength, and kindness that they show on a daily basis.” Rebecca is thrilled to run the 2014 Boston Marathon as a member of Team Eye and Ear and has chosen to dedicate her fundraising specifically to head and neck cancer research.
To support Rebecca, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/RebeccaHammon
Christopher Hartnick, MD (Newton, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
Dr. Christopher Hartnick, Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Division at Mass. Eye and Ear, is running his fourth marathon with Team Eye and Ear. In 2013, he and his wife Liz were just blocks away when the events unfolded. He is back to finish the race he started a year ago and to raise funds for Mass. Eye and Ear’s pediatric laryngology lab, which works translate scientific research into practical ways of helping children breathe and speak without a tracheotomy. Dr. Hartnick is also raising funds to support Operation Airway, an annual pediatric airway surgery mission to Ecuador. He is joined on Team Eye and Ear by his wife, Liz again this year.
To support Dr. Hartnick, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/ChristopherHartnick
Liz Hartnick (Newton, MA)
This will be Liz’s second marathon with Team Eye and Ear. In 2013, she was just blocks away when the events unfolded. Liz is inspired to run by her husband, Dr. Christopher Hartnick, Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear. Liz is running to raise funds for pediatric airway research and patient care, including Operation Airway, an annual pediatric airway surgery mission to Ecuador.
To support Liz, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundrasier/ElizabethHartnick
Daniel Higgins (Melrose, MA)
A recent college athlete, Daniel has always dreamed of running the Boston Marathon. He is running with Team Eye and Ear in 2014 to show his appreciation for the hospital and the care his family has received. Daniel’s brother-in-law Mark has had two surgeries for cochlear implants in recent years and now has a much better quality of life because of the compassionate care and technology.
To support Daniel, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/DanielHiggins
Christine Houde (Somersworth, NH)
Christine is thrilled to be running with Team Eye and Ear in the 2014 Boston Marathon. “To be able to support such an amazing charity and run a 26.2 mile tour of Boston is a dream.” Christine’s passion for both running and helping people has led her to participate in a number of charity and fundraising events. She has raised funds for the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association, and looks forward to raising funds for Mass. Eye and Ear. Christine has completed two triathlons, one marathon and five half marathons in the past.
To support Christine, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/ChristineHoude
Brad Hubeny (Swampscott, MA)
Brad joins Team Eye and Ear as a grateful patient of Dr. Ula Jurkunas, a cornea specialist at Mass. Eye and Ear. In April 2013, Brad had PFK laser vision correction surgery with Dr. Jurkunas, which he says has truly changed his life. Since the surgery, he has become an avid runner and has been able to be much more active with his two sons. Brad is excited to help raise funds to help others with eye conditions be able to live life to its fullest.
To support Brad, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/BradHubeny
Courtney Hudson (Boston, MA)
Courtney has been involved with Team Eye and Ear since her days as an employee at Mass. Eye and Ear in the development office. After her tenure as an employee, she joined the team as a participant, running in the heat of 2012. She was proud to have finished in challenging conditions. Now working in Human Resources at the Boston Harbor Hotel, she has also participated twice in the New York City Marathon. Courtney is running the Boston Marathon in 2014 to give back to Mass. Eye and Ear. She says that the hospital is a “wonderful organization that has meant so much to me in my own professional growth and in the lives of so many others.”
To support Courtney, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/CourtneyHudson
Doreen Jordan (Avon, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
A fitness enthusiast, the 2013 Boston Marathon was Doreen Jordan’s first attempt at the distance. As a member of Team Eye and Ear, Doreen was raising money for “an organization that I believe in.” She is returning this year to finish what she started before the unthinkable tragedy.
To support Doreen, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/DoreenJordan
Andrew Kalina (St. Louis Park, MN)
As a child, Andrew enjoyed watching and cheering for his dad while he ran marathons, though his own passion for running was not sparked until recently. He says, “I decided to challenge myself to reach well beyond my comfort zone and pursue a goal that I thought was unattainable.” Andrew, a Harvard University senior, completed his first marathon in January 2013. After the horrific events of last year’s marathon and the tragic week that followed, Andrew committed to running the 2014 Boston Marathon. He is grateful for the opportunity to run as a member of Team Eye and Ear, to pay tribute to those affected by the tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
To support Andrew, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/AndrewKalina
Paul Kalina (Edina, MN)
Paul, an Ophthalmologist in Minnesota, credits Mass. Eye and Ear for his professional success. He says the training and experience he received during his fellowship was the busiest, most challenging, yet most rewarding time of his medical career. He has remained in contact with his colleagues at Mass. Eye and Ear and ran the 2013 Boston Marathon. Unable to finish due to the tragic bombings, Paul is returning to Team Eye and Ear in 2014 to run with his oldest son, Andrew. Together, they are determined to show the world that the pure form of running cannot be brought down or disrupted by evil. His fundraising will support Glaucoma research.
To support Paul, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/teameyeandear/fundraiser/PaulKalina
Peggy Kelley (Woburn, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
Returning for her fifth Boston Marathon as a member of Team Eye and Ear, Peggy looks forward to raising funds for Dr. Hartnick’s pediatric team. As a pediatric nurse in the operating room at Mass. Eye and Ear, Peggy is able to witness the remarkable work and inspiring stories that take place at Mass. Eye and Ear on a daily basis. After returning to Boston last year to finish the last ½ mile of the marathon, Peggy is thrilled to return to Team Eye and Ear in 2014.
To support Peggy, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/PeggyKelley
Robert Knapp (Boston, MA)
Robert joins Team Eye and Ear for his fifth Boston Marathon. As a parent of a Mass. Eye and Ear patient, Robert understands the importance of patient care. Robert is teaming up with his former college roommate, Dr. Christopher Hartnick (also on Team Eye and Ear) to raise funds for pediatric airway research and patient care.
To support Robert, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndeEar/fundraiser/RobertKnapp1
Jessica Kochman (Somerville, MA)
Jessica is running the Boston Marathon with her close friend, Mass. Eye and Ear patient Kristin Fleschner. Kristin began losing her vision just before she started Harvard Law School. The two classmates have always been friendly, but running together has strengthened their bond. Jessica says, “Guiding Kristin over the last several months has given me a far greater appreciation for the drastic changes that accompany vision loss and how therapeutic a run can be.” She is looking forward to finishing her first marathon with her courageous friend by her side.
To support Jessica, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeEar/fundraiser/JessicaKochman
Natasha Kolehmainen (Bedford, NH)
Natasha runs for her daughter Madeline, who suffered severe facial injuries while playing softball last spring. Dr. Lefebvre and Dr. Lindsay performed extensive surgery to repair Madeline’s shattered eye socket and facial injuries, and by the time school began in the fall, nobody could tell she had ever been hurt. “Words alone cannot express our gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff for the care we received. The team at Mass. Eye and Ear took care of her physically and our whole family emotionally,” Natasha says. She is grateful for the opportunity to join Team Eye and Ear for her first marathon.
To support Natasha, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/NatashaKolehmainen
Suzanne Kouri (Lexington, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear Employee
As a member of Mass. Eye and Ear’s development team, Suzanne knows very well the difference that philanthropy can make in advancing the hospital’s mission to find cures. Suzanne’s son, Yamil, is also a Mass. Eye and Ear patient. In 2002 Yamil was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome, which affects the connective tissue that "glues" the body together. In 2010 Yamil had a very significant spontaneous retinal detachment, a common complication of Marfan syndrome. Thankfully Dr. Mukai was able to repair his retina and restore his vision to 20/40. Suzanne and her family are forever grateful for the care Yamil received. In her role a as major gifts officer, Suzanne has had the good fortune to have met geneticist Dr. Neena Haider who is investigating the genetic causes of retinal disease. Suzanne is running her first marathon with Team Eye and Ear to support Dr. Haider’s research and has great hope that her work will provide the Marfan community with a better understanding of why their retinas are at higher risk of detachment and help to develop better treatments.
To support Suzanne, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/SuzanneKouri1
Jen Kovacs (Jamaica Plain, MA)
Jen is excited to run her first marathon ever with Team Eye and Ear. As a public defender, Jen spends her days helping people who figuratively have no voice and are blind to the criminal justice system. When a friend told her about Team Eye and Ear she was struck by the parallel between Mass. Eye and Ear’s mission to find cures for deafness and blindness and her work. Though not a patient herself, Jen has a tremendous amount of respect for the work does by Mass. Eye and Ear and she hopes to that by running with Team Eye and Ear she will help people to give people improve the lives of patients.
To support Jen, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JenKovacs
Elliott Kozin (Boston, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
A third year otology resident at Mass. Eye and Ear, Elliott treated some of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. He feels that running in 2014 with Team Eye and Ear is the perfect and fitting chance to acknowledge the tragic events that happened last year, but also celebrate that the Boston community is always moving forward. To Elliott, Mass. Eye and Ear is like a big family and he is delighted his love of running and allow him the opportunity to participate and contribute to help patient care and research at Mass. Eye and Ear.
To support Elliott, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/ElliottKozin
Kelly Lagergren (Marstons Mills, MA)
Kelly is honored and excited to run her first marathon as a member of Team and Eye and Ear. She started running about a year and a half ago and quickly caught the bug. She has completed four ½ marathons and countless 5 & 10Ks. A working mom of two young children, Kelly decided after waiting on Boylston Street for family and friends to cross the finish line, she would be part of the 2014 Boston Marathon. She is thrilled to use her love of running to raise funds and awareness for Mass. Eye and Ear.
To support Kelly, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/KellyLagergren
Jorge Leon (Miami, FL)
This April will mark Jorge’s second Boston Marathon with Team Eye and Ear. In his free time, Jorge enjoys running, completing triathlons, and traveling. He has completed 12 marathons and 30 half marathons in the past and is looking forward to returning to Team Eye and Ear this April finish what he started in 2013.
To support Jorge, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JorgeLeon
Molly Lyttle (Ayer, MA)
Molly has experienced the incredible difference Mass. Eye and Ear has made in her life and the lives of her patients. A Registered Nurse on the Head and Neck Oncology team at Mass General, she is running to raise funds for head and neck cancer research. Molly witnesses the work done at Mass. Eye and Ear on a daily basis to save the lives of many head and neck cancer patients, improve the quality of their lives and perform interventions that could not have been done elsewhere. Also a patient herself, Molly ran her first marathon last October and the incredible experience is motivating her to fulfill her goal of running the 2014 Boston Marathon as a member of Team Eye and Ear.
To support Molly, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/MollyLyttle
Rebecca Maitland (Acton, MA)
Rebecca was inspired to join Team and Eye after the doctors at Mass. Eye and Ear helped her mother recover most of her hearing, after suffering from sudden hearing loss. Rebecca and her mom were grateful for the excellent care she was given at Mass. Eye and Ear, and Rebecca looks forward to giving back to such a great institution. To date, she has completed two marathons; the 2014 Boston Marathon will be her first as a member of Team Eye and Ear.
To support Rebecca, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/RebeccaMaitland
Tyler Martin (Taunton, MA)
Tyler is motivated to run the 2014 Boston Marathon. He decided to run after talking with friends who ran the race last year and watching the people of Massachusetts who were physically and emotionally hurt. He is inspired by the care Mass. Eye and Ear provided to victims impacted by the bombings and is proud to be a member of Team Eye and Ear. Tyler is a former All American gymnast and currently participates in wood bat baseball. His team travels to Arizona each summer to play in the Men’s Senior Baseball League World Series tournament. Tyler also enjoys coaching his son’s T-ball team. He is confident his preparation and training will help him accomplish his first marathon.
To support Tyler, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/TylerMartin1
John McDonnell (Boston, MA)
An avid runner, John has completed two marathons and 11 half marathons. He was drawn to Team Eye and Ear because his mother received emergency care and continuing treatment at Mass. Eye and Ear. He is grateful for her wonderful experience and excited for the chance to give back. This will be John’s first marathon with Team Eye and Ear.
To support John, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JohnMcDonnell1
Raechel McGhee (Somerset, MA)
Raechel joins Team Eye and Ear in honor of Roseann Sodia, a Mass. Eye and Ear patient, who, in addition to losing her right leg above the knee at the 2013 Boston Marathon, also suffered hearing loss due to the explosion rupturing her eardrums. Raechel is grateful for the excellent care that Roseann is receiving and is excited for the chance to support Mass. Eye and Ear’s and its mission to provide exceptional care. Funds raised by Raechel will support research on blast trauma hearing loss. This will be her third marathon, her first with Team Eye and Ear.
To support Raechel, please visis www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/RaechelMcGhee
Will McNamara (Somerville, MA)
A Team Eye and Ear veteran, Will returns this April for his sixth Boston Marathon. He suffered a mountain biking accident near Vail, Colorado eight years ago. During surgery, he had a stroke to the optic nerve in both eyes, leaving him legally blind. Will runs with the hope that one day the research he is supporting will help restore his vision and help others who have had similar experiences. “Dr. Joseph Rizzo at Mass. Eye an Ear has given me inspiration to move forward in my life after losing my sight,” Will explains, “It gives me a good feeling to be part of his team!”
To support Will, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/teameyeandear/fundraiser/WillAndAlexis
Bruno Miquel (Newton, MA)
Bruno, a returning Team Eye and Ear member, is thrilled to raise funds for Juvenile Retinoschisis, a condition that can cause a progressive loss of vision due to degeneration of the retina. Bruno’s son Quentin was diagnosed with Juvenile Retinoschisis at the age of three, and Dr. Mukai and his team are currently treating him at Mass. Eye and Ear. For a little over a year, Quentin has been following an experimental treatment program to improve his vision. While using the necessary eye drops three times per day has been a challenge, Quentin’s resilience has paid off and his vision has improved significantly. By raising funds for Mass. Eye and Ear, Bruno hopes to prevent further vision loss for Quentin and for others affected by this debilitating disease.
To support Bruno, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/BrunoMiquel
Jennifer Mochi (Cambridge, MA)
For Jennifer, running with Team Eye and Ear in the 2014 Boston Marathon is an honor and a blessing. The race is important to her for so many reasons; the most important being that it will be her opportunity to have her parents see her run a marathon. Knowing this dream of having her parents share the moment is soon to become a reality has Jennifer over the moon. Her mother went deaf as a small child and is a patient at Mass. Eye and Ear. She has undergone two cochlear implants, the first returned her hearing for several years and allowed her to hear her children for the first time. Sadly, it was ultimately unsuccessful as was the second one. She is now unable to travel and suffers from debilitating vertigo and sickness. Despite her setbacks, Jennifer’s mother is eager to attempt a third cochlear implant surgery. Her courage inspires Jennifer and will be with her as they share in this marathon experience.
To support Jennifer, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JenniferMochi
Meghan Moriarty (Boston, MA)
Meghan is running her first marathon with Team Eye and Ear to raise awareness and support for X-linked juvenile retinoschisis (XLRS), a rare eye disease, which affects the retina in both eyes due to macular degeneration. Her son Dexter was born at just 27 weeks with the condition. Typically, patients begin to experience reduced vision during early adolescence, but Dexter’s case has already progressed much faster than normal. Dexter has been a patient of Dr. Mukai at Mass. Eye and Ear since he was 13 months old. Meghan is grateful for Dr. Mukai’s expertise and for the care that Dexter has received, which she calls “an invaluable gift that has not been replicated elsewhere.” Meghan’s father, who also has the condition, was a patient of Dr. Schepens. Meghan joins Team Eye and Ear with the goal of combining her passion for education, running and raising awareness for XLRS to help find a cure for the condition. Funds raised will support Dr. Mukai and XLRS research.
To support Meghan, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/MeghanMoriarty
Richard Mugge (Boxford, MA)
Dr. Richard Mugge looks forward to completing his second Boston Marathon as a member of Team Eye Ear. As a community-based Mass. Eye and Ear ENT specialist, Dr. Mugge is constantly inspired by his patients. He has completed four marathons and 15 half marathons in the past, and has hobbies that range from running to design. Dr. Mugge is thrilled to be returning to Team Eye and Ear in 2014 to raise funds for research and cures at Mass. Eye and Ear.
To support Richard, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/Mugge
Dimitra Murphy (Somerville, MA)
Dimitra Murphy, a newlywed, looks forward to celebrating her love of running as a member of Team Eye and Ear. She completed the Boston Marathon in 2011 and is the coach of local high school teams (Somerville and Matignon). She also owns a local bar, Daddy Jones. Dimitra joins Team Eye and Ear as a former patient who had successful throat surgery.
To support Dimitra, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/DimitraMurphy
Lauren Murray (Methuen, MA)
Lauren feels blessed from the outpouring of support she and her sons received from family and close friends following the tragic loss of her husband in 2012. She discovered relief in long distance running during this time and adopted it as her emotional outlet. Lauren has dreamed of running the Boston Marathon and has already qualified for the 2015 race. She is proud to run in the 2014 event with Team Eye and Ear and hopes the funds she raises will help others in need receive the same exceptional care her loved ones did. Lauren truly is Boston Strong and is living for each moment and says there is no better time than the present to fulfill your dreams. Her biggest fans, her young sons, will be at the finish line to cheer her on with big smiles and creative signs!
To support Lauren, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/LaurenMurray1
Christine Nagy (Franklin, MA)
Christine crossed the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon approximately one minute before the bombs went off. She feels the 2013 race will be very special for her and is proud to be raising funds for Mass. Eye and Ear. A Franklin resident, Christine enjoys skiing, photography, singing and traveling. She is also an avid runner who mentors new marathoners and looks forward to sharing her talents with Team Eye and Ear.
To support Christine, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/ChristineNagy
Katherine Nicholson (Grafton, MA)
In the fall of 2008, Katherine’s father was diagnosed acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare disease affecting the cornea, which can result in severe visual impairment and blindness. Since then, he has had two corneal transplants at Mass. Eye and Ear. Today, her father is still recovering from his second corneal transplant, but he is doing well and his eyesight is steadily improving. Katherine says, “Without the care my father received at Mass. Eye and Ear, he may have lost his right eye. I am truly grateful for the treatment my father has received. Dr. Hamrah and the other doctors, nurses and fellows have remained dedicated to providing him the best care possible.” Katherine is thrilled to join Team Eye and Ear and complete her first marathon this April.
To support Katherine, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/KatNicholson
Andrew Noye (Parkland, FL)
Andrew joins Team Eye and Ear for his brother, who had a cornea transplant back in 1998. Andrew and his brother have been great supporters of cornea research efforts since that time. Andrew says, “If not for the transplant, my brother would have lost his eye sight. Now, we would like to continue to help future recipients.” Andrew is grateful for the opportunity to raise funds for cornea research at Mass. Eye and Ear, as a member of the 2014 team. Although April 21st will mark Andrew’s first marathon, he is an active member of the Ragnar Relay Series and no stranger to long-distance running. He is thrilled to participate in his first marathon this spring.
To support Andrew, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/AndyNoye
Brendan O’Rourke (Watertown, MA)
Brendan will be running his third marathon and first with Team Eye and Ear this April. In addition to running, he enjoys golf, tennis, rugby, cycling and music. Brendan will be running to raise funds for Mass. Eye and Ear’s pediatric laryngology lab, which works translate scientific research into practical ways of helping children breathe and speak without a tracheotomy and for Operation Airway, an annual pediatric airway surgery mission to Ecuador. Both programs are under the direction of Team Eye and Ear member Dr. Christopher Hartnick.
To support Brendan, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/BrendanOrourke
Gerry O’Shea (Boston, MA)
Gerry has experienced the patient care at Mass. Eye and Ear first-hand. Since a young age, Gerry has lived with hearing loss in his right ear. Cholesteatomas, tumor-like growths in both of his middle ears, led to five surgeries over the years. Although he has lived most of his life with hearing loss, his experiences in recent years relating to an eye injury motivated him to join Team Eye and Ear. In February 2010, Gerry underwent surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear to repair a torn and detached retina in his right eye, which resulted from a basketball injury. This will be Gerry’s third year with Team Eye and Ear. His best run was the 2013 Boston Marathon. He finished with a time of 3:48. While it was difficult to enjoy the moment of finishing that race with a PR, Gerry felt very fortunate to have been able to be around so many great people before, during and in the aftermath of the marathon. He is committed to making this year's race his new PR!
To support Gerry, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/GerryOshea
Julie Ogden (Byfield, MA)
Julie’s extensive family history with macular degeneration led to a long history of volunteering with Mass. Eye and Ear and Schepens Eye Research Institute. As a volunteer, she was involved in a number of projects, including swimming in and organizing a team for two Swim for Sight fundraisers, volunteering on patient floors, and helping at various events. This year, Julie is so grateful for the chance to make such a significant and meaningful contribution to eradicating macular degeneration. She runs for both of her grandmothers, her aunt, and her mother, who all lost their sight at unusually early ages. Julie says, “What a poignant gift to my mother and the memories of my aunts and grandmothers–and, I confess, to the future I worry awaits me–to be able to run the Boston Marathon and raise money to combat this disease that incapacitates so many people.” Julie has run and fundraised for three half marathons in the past and is thrilled to join Team Eye and Ear for her first full marathon.
To support Julie, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JulieOgden
Olivia Papa (Cambridge, MA)
As an avid runner and Boston resident, Olivia was truly shocked by last year’s Boston Marathon tragedy. Having witnessed the aftermath of the bombings firsthand, she watched as the community pulled together during the following weeks and found hope amidst hardship. She says, “The fearlessness throughout Boston after that day was inspiring; I aspired to support my community by running in the 2014 Boston Marathon and raising funds for a meaningful organization. As both a patient and volunteer at Mass. Eye and Ear, I have experienced firsthand the incredible, specialized care that Mass. Eye and Ear provides. It is an honor to join this team, knowing that the funds I raise will enable the organization to further its medical research and unparalleled clinical care.” This April marks Olivia’s first Boston Marathon.
To support Olivia, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/OliviaPapa
Jena Piazza (Scranton, PA)
A juvenile public defender, Jena is a voice of the underprivileged and sick in the criminal justice system. She is honored to run the 2014 Boston Marathon as a member of Team Eye and Ear to help raise money for those who can’t see, hear or are otherwise in need. In 2013, she accomplished a goal of running thirteen races during the year, including her first marathon in Philadelphia. She committed to the race after the tragic events at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year. A resident of Pennsylvania, Jena went to college in New England and maintains close ties to the area.
To support Jena, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JenaPiazza
Melanie Powers (Franklin, MA)
Melanie Powers is proud to be Boston Strong. Running is her passion for many reasons. A cancer survivor and former pediatric patient at Mass Eye and Ear, she is returning to Team Eye and Ear to finish what she started in 2013. Melanie vows to be back at the starting line stronger than she ever thought she could be and will fulfill her personal commitment to finish the race in honor of her late father who passed away suddenly in 2012 and all those affected by last year’s bombings at the finish line. She is proud that her determination, motivation, discipline, perspective and passion will help raise funds and awareness for Mass. Eye and Ear.
To support Melanie, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/MelaniePowers
Bill Ramon (Medford, MA)
After the tragic events of last year’s marathon, Bill pledged to return to Team Eye and Ear for the 2014 race. He returns for his sixth Boston Marathon, as a member of Team Eye and Ear. An outdoor enthusiast, Bill enjoys running, hiking, backpacking and volunteering with his son’s Boy Scout Troop. Bill looks forward to raising funds for Mass. Eye and Ear’s Eaton-Peabody Labatories (EPL) in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Bill has a very familiar connection to the EPL, Bill’s grandfather, Rufus founded a company that built many of the soundproof booths in the Eaton-Peabody Labs and went on to serve on the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Bill is running in Rufus' memory.
To support Bill, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/BillRamon
Sally Ankeny Reiley (Marblehead, MA)
Sally is longtime member of the Mass. Eye and Ear community. She currently serves as a trustee and members of her family, including her grandmother, grandfather and father were patients of Dr. Charles Schepens. Sally is grateful for the vision care that her family has received and is excited to further her involvement with the hospital. She is also looking forward to engaging her friends and community in the great work in progress at Mass. Eye and Ear. This will be Sally’s first marathon with Team Eye and Ear.
To support Sally, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/SallyReiley
Aaron Remenschneider (Boston, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
As a resident in otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear, Aaron has been involved in caring for many marathon bombing patients. He is excited to run his first marathon with Team Eye and Ear and to have the chance to raise money to support the hospital’s efforts to improve the lives of those affected by last year’s events. Aaron’s wife, Emily, is also running her first marathon with Team Eye and Ear.
To support Aaron, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/Remenschneider
Emily Remenschneider (Boston, MA)
Emily has seen the important role that all members of the Mass. Eye and Ear community play in patient care. Her husband, Aaron, a medical resident was involved with the care of many of the marathon bombing patients. She has also seen the wonderful way in which Mass. Eye and Ear’s teaching mission helps residents work hard to give patients the best care possible. Emily and Aaron are excited to run their first marathons with Team Eye and Ear and raise funds to support otology research.
To support Emily, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/Remenschneider
Tuck Rickards (Marblehead, MA)
Tuck, a Marblehead resident, ran his first Boston Marathon twenty years ago and is looking forward to returning this year to run with Team Eye and Ear. He is active in many sports, including biking and has participated in multiple Pan Mass Challenges. Tuck has also successfully completed the Mount Washington Hill Climb. A Mass. Eye and Ear Trustee and patient, he is happy to have the opportunity to support the organization and those impacted by the bombings last year.
To support Tuck, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/TuckRickards
Alexis Roche (Somerville, MA)
Alexis looks forward to participating in this year’s Boston Marathon as a member of Team Eye and Ear. She says, “Running with Team Eye and Ear will provide the perfect opportunity to spread awareness of the goals and projects at Mass. Eye and Ear on Boston’s finest day of the year. The dedication of this entire team is inspirational.” Alexis is not new to fundraising. In the past, she has completed three marathons for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and is excited to raise funds for Mass. Eye and Ear in 2014. Alexis has completed eleven Boston Marathons to date, and is thrilled to participate in her twelfth, as a member of Team Eye and Ear.
To support Alexis, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/teameyeandear/fundraiser/WillAndAlexis
Jack Savage (Middleton, NH)
Involved in his New Hampshire hometown, Jack ran with Team Eye and Ear in 2012 and is returning in 2014. In addition to running, he enjoys golfing, hiking and writing. Jack is running this year to raise money for ocular melanoma care and research and honor his brother-in-law (former Mass. Eye and Ear patient). The treatment his brother-in-law received helped extend his life and allowed Jack and his wife to provide hospice care in their home for him. At the finish line in 2013 as a spectator, Jack is looking forward to running across the finish line in 2014.
To support Jack, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JackSavage
Oliver Schupp (New York, NY)
A native of Germany, Oliver Schupp now lives and trains in New York. He is an avid triathlete who will be running his first Boston Marathon for Team Eye and Ear to help fund further research, facilities and excellent care. Oliver is actively involved in the Robin Hood Foundation, St. Jude and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on Staten Island. He is grateful for the support of his mother-in-law (a Mass. Eye and Ear physician), wife and four and eight year old children, who now share his love of racing.
To support Oliver, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/OliverSchupp
Carolyn Shea (Weymouth, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
As the Manager of the Glaucoma Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, Carolyn is committed to helping patients who are suffering from glaucoma. She witnesses the debilitating effects that glaucoma can have on a patient’s quality of life on a daily basis. “I feel privileged to work here and take care of patients. It is my obligation to try to make people’s lives better,” she explains. This year, she returns for her fourteenth Boston Marathon and her fourth, as a member of Team Eye and Ear. She is running to raise funds for the Glaucoma Compassionate Care Fund, to help patients who cannot afford their medicine, receive their much-needed medications.
To support Carolyn, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/CarolynShea
Siobhan Sheehan (Duxbury, MA)
Siobhan joined Team Eye and Ear in 2013 and was a quarter of a mile away from the finish line when the bombs went off. She is back to finish the race she started a year ago and to once again honor her sister Erin who underwent extensive treatment at Mass. Eye and Ear after losing sight in one of her eyes at the age of nine. At the age of 40, Erin returned to the hospital in order to remove her defected eye and receive a prosthetic replacement. In June of 2010, just three months shy of her 50th birthday, Erin unexpectedly passed. This will be Siobhan’s tenth Boston Marathon in memory of her sister Erin.
To support Siobhan, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/SiobhanSheehan
Ben Shipley (Bristol, RI)
Ben will be joining his cousins Sylvia and Katherine Warren on Team Eye and Ear. A senior at Roger Williams University, Ben was born with moderate hearing loss and would like to raise money to help this cause. A natural athlete who enjoys rock climbing, hiking, longboarding, snowboarding and soccer, Boston will be his first marathon.
To support Ben, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/BenShipley
Rebecca Soulliere (Leominster, MA)
Rebecca has dreamed of running the Boston Marathon since she was 16. After the bombings of 2013 and the sudden passing of her mother two days later, Rebecca committed to running Boston in 2014. A survivor of an aggressive form of breast cancer, the race will be a celebration of her 40th year. Rebecca will be putting one foot in front of the other for 26.2 glorious miles in April as a member of Team Eye and Ear and looks forward to fulfilling a long-time dream.
To support Rebecca, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/RebeccaSoulliere
Kelly Southard (Chicago, IL)
Kelly’s grandfather suffered from partial hearing loss after World War II, and as a result, Kelly doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t wear a hearing aid. She grew up watching her grandfather embrace new technology to help him hear more effectively. Kelly is personally connected to Mass. Eye and Ear through her friend, who has suffered from life-long eye problems, and her aunt, who had surgery performed to correct superior canal dehiscence syndrome (a severe condition of the inner ear). Kelly is thrilled to be part of an organization that helps people with hearing or vision difficulties lead a happier and easier life. Although Kelly has completed four marathons in the past, this April will mark her first Boston Marathon. She looks forward to raising funds for Team Eye and Ear.
To support Kelly, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/KellySouthard
Janet Spinney (Foxboro, MA)
This April, Janet will be running her third Boston Marathon and first as a member of Team Eye and Ear. A mom to four busy teenage children, Janet is running in gratitude for the compassionate and knowledgeable care her mother received at Mass. Eye and Ear. In addition to running, she enjoys biking and volunteering. Janet says her last Boston Marathon was her most rewarding, having trained hard and accomplished her goal of finishing such a difficult race.
To support Janet, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JanetSpinney
Jennifer Sullivan (Pelham, NH)
Jennifer is honored to return to Team Eye and Ear for her second Boston Marathon. She looks forward to raising funds for thyroid research to support Dr. Randolph and his team at Mass. Eye and Ear. In 2009, Jennifer’s mother was treated by Dr. Gregory Randolph at Mass. Eye and Ear for stage IV Thyroid Cancer. After removing her thyroid and the clusters of cancer, Jennifer’s mother is now cancer free. The 2014 Boston Marathon will mark Jennifer’s third marathon.
To support Jennifer, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeameyeAndEar/fundraiser/JenniferSullivan1
Richard Svrluga (Hingham, MA)
Richard returns to Team Eye and Ear for his 19th Boston Marathon and his fourth marathon as a member of Team Eye and Ear. Richard has been involved in the development of medical devices and biotechnology products for a number of years, and he also played a key role in the creation of Laser Vision Correction and LASIK. He understands the importance of medical research in improving the quality of life of people around the world. He says, “Mass. Eye and Ear is one of the great healthcare and research institutions in Boston. It is an honor to represent Mass. Eye and Ear in this year’s Boston Marathon.”
To support Richard, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/DickSvrluga
Tom Tomlinson (Scituate, MA)
Tom originally began running as a way to stay in shape. His love of the sport grew when he met his wife and they trained for their first marathon together. Tom has run three additional marathons and looking forward to his first Boston Marathon this April with Team Eye and Ear. He appreciates the opportunity to run for Mass. Eye and Ear and is inspired by the stories of his team members.
To support Tom, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/ThomasTomlinson
Kerin Towne (Lakeville, MA)
When Kerin’s youngest child, Julianne was born, she didn't pass her newborn hearing screening. Further testing sent her family to Mass. Eye and Ear, where they received an unexpected diagnosis -bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss -Julianne was born deaf. “Our family has had a long journey, but all along the way, we have been supported by the Audiology, Speech Pathology and Pediatric ENT teams at Mass. Eye and Ear. This winter, the next phase of our journey will begin when Julianne receives cochlear implants from Dr. Daniel Lee,” Kerin explains. A lifelong runner and marathoner, Kerin is delighted to join Team Eye and Ear, to help patients like Julianne experience the world with every sense and opportunity imaginable. She looks forward to raising funds for research and patient care.
To support Kerin, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/KerinTowne
Patricia Tuohy (Boston, MA)
In 2001, Tricia was involved in an accident in Nashville, TN when a horse she was riding rode her into a tree limb. As a result, Tricia had a fractured larynx and was unable to speak for nearly two years. Through many surgeries and hours of voice therapy, Tricia was thankfully able to regain 50% of her voice. She had to relearn how to speak and use her voice. After losing her voice again in 2013 after contracting a very bad head and chest cold while pregnant with her first child, Tricia sought the care of Mass. Eye and Ear’s doctors. Tricia is grateful for the care she received and is excited to run her second marathon with Team Eye and Ear so she can, as she says, “give back to a really great organization that provides services that are so important to those of us who have been personally affected by illness or injury to our senses.”
To support Tricia, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/PatriciaTuohy
Julie Valenti (Danvers, MA)
The past year was filled with overwhelming sadness, but also renewed ambition and faith for Julie. Running has always been a part of her life and helps her stay positive and focused. Julie is running the 2014 Boston Marathon in honor of her mother who lost her long battle with cancer, her son who has endured a lengthy battle with ulcerative colitis and for all of those affected by the bombings last year. She tore her Achilles training to qualify for Boston in 2013, but recovered to complete an Iron Man. She will run thinking of the courage and strength of her mother and son.
To support Julie, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/JulieValenti
Patrick Walsh (Princeton, NJ)
Patrick spent a good portion of the 2013 Boston Marathon running alongside a fellow Team Eye and Ear member. He explains, “I had one of those great bonding experiences that runners cherish. Ben’s incredible story of why he was running for Team Eye and Ear was absolutely inspiring. It was an honor - and great fun - to run with him that day.” Patrick takes pride and satisfaction in the fundraising he has completed as a member of Team Eye and Ear. Although he re-qualified on his own for the 2014 race, he rejoins Team Eye and Ear to give back, and continue to raise funds for research and cures at Mass Eye and Ear.
To support Patrick, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/PatrickWalsh1
Katherine Warren (Washington, DC)
Katherine Warren is returning to Team Eye and Ear in 2014 to achieve her goal of finishing the Boston Marathon. The 2013 Boston Marathon fundamentally changed how Katherine thought about trauma services and care. She is now seriously considering pursuing trauma surgery in medical school because of the experience. A Policy Analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Katherine loved running with the 2013 team and is grateful to run for Mass. Eye and Ear. Her father and his family have struggled with hearing loss and impairment.
To support Katherine, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/WarrenSisters
Sylvia Warren (Cambridge, MA)
Sylvia was running with her sister Katherine in the 2013 Boston Marathon. They were stopped just short of the finish line when the Boston Marathon bombings occurred. In the hectic aftermath, they walked the four miles home to campus to round out the day with a total of 30 miles. They are back this year to cross the finish line together, in honor of the victims of last year’s tragedy and support the lifesaving work of Mass. Eye and Ear. The Warren’s father spent a significant amount of time at the hospital after he experienced a series of retinal detachments, emergency surgeries and vision loss. He will be at the finish line to cheer his daughters on.
To support Sylvia, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/WarrenSisters
Chelsea White (Marblehead, MA)
Chelsea, a kindergarten teacher, will be running her first marathon this April. Her fiancé works for Mass. Eye and Ear and encouraged her to join Team Eye and Ear to raise funds to help the hospital continue to provide the best possible care to patients in need and to continue to advance cutting edge technology. A Boston sports fan, she loves tennis, soccer and basketball. Chelsea will be running with her Dad, who was not able to finish last year’s race as a result of the tragic finish line bombings. She says, “Running the marathon has become a goal to not only complete something I never thought I would be able to, but raise money to help people who really need it.”
To support Chelsea, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/ChelseaWhite
Brittany Williams (Boston, MA)
*Mass. Eye and Ear employee
Brittany returns to Team Eye and Ear in 2014 for her second Boston marathon. Unable to continue past mile 25.8 last year, she is grateful for the opportunity to finish what she started in 2013. She will run alongside her brother, Patrick Williams, a new 2014 Team Eye and Ear member. Brittany explains, “The events that occurred that day helped us learn to cherish each day. Our relationships with family and friends have grown stronger and running continues to motivate us.” Brittany, a pediatric ENT nurse at Mass. Eye and Ear, cares for children with airway disorders. She will be raising funds for Operation Airway, which consists of a group of specialists who travel to Ecuador. These physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and others, perform life-changing airway reconstructive surgery and postoperative care to children who cannot breath or speak on their own.
To support Brittany, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/BrittanyWilliams
Patrick Williams (Londonderry, NH)
Patrick runs for his hero, his grandmother Kay Porter. The two were together at the finish line during last year’s horrific tragedy, while waiting for his sister to finish her first Boston marathon. Patrick says, “My grandmother was as brave as any that day. I would not be the person I am today without her, and she solidified and reiterated that notion within me on April 15th, 2013.” Patrick was inspired to join Team Eye and Ear after the events of that tragic day, and also after witnessing his sister’s passion for her job. Brittany is a pediatric nurse, on Dr. Hartnick’s team, at Mass. Eye and Ear. “She is truly passionate about her job and cares deeply about the people she works with, so it has inspired me to help her in making a difference this year with Team Eye and Ear.” This April marks Patrick’s second marathon and first Boston Marathon.
To support Patrick, please visit www.crowdrise.com/TeamEyeAndEar/fundraiser/BrittanyWilliams
Jason Wood/Krystina Miller (South Boston, MA)
Jason and Krystina are thrilled to be part of Team Eye and Ear for the 2014 Boston Marathon. Jason is celebrating his 10th year of running and has completed one marathon and four half marathons. Krystina is also a marathon veteran. She has run a total of five, two of them at Boston and five half marathons. They have both witnessed the excellent care that Mass. Eye and Ear provided to friends who received emergency care for eye and balance issues. They are looking forward to raising funds for research and cures at Mass. Eye and Ear.
To support Jason and Krystina, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/teameyeandear/fundraiser/jasonandkrystina