Meet the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare Boston Marathon Team! Each runner is committed to raise $6,000 to support pioneering education, training, and support programs designed to strengthen the relationship between caregivers and patients. Keep reading for more information on our runners and how to make a donation.
Meet our runners....
Matt HaganBack in 2009, Matt suffered from 5 consecutive injuries as a result of playing the game he loves, soccer. Now he has recovered from those injuries and wants to fulfill his dream of running the Boston Marathon. He is running for his father who has completed two of them. Matt is a senior at Lexington High School and this will be his first Boston Marathon. TheSchwartz Center is a charity that is very close to Matt, and he is honored to be a part of the team!
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Tanya M. HoltonTanya is both excited and nervous about being part of the Boston Marathon team for the Schwartz Center. She’s excited because she has a passion to advance the Schwartz Center’s work in compassionate care. But, frankly, she’s nervous because on the day she signed up she didn’t even own a pair of sneakers! “I know I’m crazy, but I couldn’t pass up this unique opportunity to check an item off my bucket list AND do some fun outreach for this organization I care about deeply.” In her book, she has everything to gain: a new experience, some good cardio workout, and some fruitful financial support for the Schwartz Center. Tanya was an avid runner throughout high school and college—pounding the pavement was great therapy to get help manage her perfectionist streak. After college, she stopped running outside but put took up running circles around donors. After cutting her teeth raising funds for the Boston University School of Education, she moved on to managerial and fundraising positions at smaller nonprofits dedicated to education and communication. She has had ample experiences with the healthcare system, both through her mother’s struggle with cancer and her own regular visits to various doctors. The most important element in compassionate care for Tanya is that the patient and clinician truly listen to each other. What Tanya needs you to hear right now is that she will try her best to finish the race on April 15, whether she runs, walks or crawls. And worse case scenario, she says: “I might be taken off the course in a stretcher, but when the EMTs hear I’m running (or walking) to support compassion I’m sure they’ll be nice to me!”
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