BWFH physician running Boston Marathon as part of healing process
Dr. Brandon Earp
When the two bombs exploded at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Dr. Earp had just arrived at her hotel for a relaxing vacation in New Hampshire with her family. Upon notification of the event unfolding in Boston, she got back in her car and began making her way to the hospital while helping to coordinate orthopedic coverage for patients arriving at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital. After arriving at the hospital, she worked with her colleagues to treat those patients who required surgical management for their injuries. In all Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital treated 17 patients for marathon related injuries.
"Despite the horror of the bombings, I don't think I've ever been more proud to be a part of Boston's health care community," states Dr. Earp. "So many people raced to help in whatever capacity they could and because of their skill and dedication the impact was much less than it might have been."
In deciding to run this year's Boston Marathon, Dr. Earp says that it was the resilience of the victims and the spirit of Boston residents that gave her the motivation to run. "I wanted to do something to give back to the community," she says, "and running this year's marathon is my way of showing support for all those affected by last year's events."
While her days are filled with patient appointments, surgical procedures and administrative duties as a departmental chief, Dr. Earp has made a point to stick with her training routine, even if that means getting up early or going out late to run. She's also logged many miles on her home treadmill during the winter in order to stay on course to increase her mileage.
Dr. Earp says she doesn't have a time goal in mind for completing the marathon but does have two other goals. "The first is to finish the marathon," says Dr. Earp. "The second is to finish with a smile."
As she thinks about crossing the finish line of this year's marathon, Dr. Earp reflects that she'll be proud to be a part of thousands who have come together to show their support for those who were hurt or lost their lives and proud of all that the city has overcome in the last year.
"My training has been difficult at times but deciding to run the Boston Marathon has easily been one of the best choices I've made," she says with a smile.
If you'd like to support Dr. Brandon Earp as she raises funds to support advances in patient care, training and quality that are the cornerstones of Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital's mission, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/bwh2014bostonmarathon/fundraiser/brandonearp