Julie Garvey 2018 Boston Marathon

Dear Friends and Family,

Many of you know that I have run the Boston Marathon every year on behalf of Boston Children’s Hospital since 2005.  I have returned each year in large part due to my friendship with a very special BCH patient, Jillian.  She is 17 and a senior in high school.  We have known each other since she was 4 and she is truly my inspiration.  She has been a patient at BCH since she was 6 months old and has seen just about every specialist there! While she has had more than a few tough years medically, the last few years she has been well enough to be out with the team on Saturday mornings at our water stops providing great support and encouragement to all the runners on our many long training runs. Her positive outlook on life is infectious and she loves being able to give back to the hospital that has helped her thrive.

I’m also running in memory of Lacey Warner who was also a patient at BCH. She was born in West Virginia in 1997 with a very rare heart condition called Truncus Arteriosus.  She had open heart surgery when she was 2 weeks old and the doctors in WV told her parents there was nothing more they could do to help her. Her parents turned to Boston Children’s Hospital.  A second surgery at BCH went well and Lacey was a happy little baby when they took her home for the first time 1 day before her 1st birthday.  Lacey underwent 2 more heart surgeries at BCH, 1 sinus surgery as well as many other procedures.  The doctors told her parents that they had never seen a case like Lacey’s and were thrilled at how well she was doing.  In 2013, the doctors discovered there was a valve that was not functioning properly and surgery was scheduled, however Lacey went into full heart failure at home in WV 10 days before her scheduled surgery in Boston. Lacey was Med Flighted to Boston and although the surgery went well, she did not recover as her little heart had been through so much and just could not adapt to the new way of working.  I am honored to be running in memory of Lacey Warner this year.

I would like to ask for your help again.  I am seeking to raise at least $2,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital this year.  I appreciate all the support that I have received in the past, and I hope you know how much it helps to keep me going on both training runs as well as on Marathon Day.  If you would like to support me in this effort, you can help in one of these ways:

1)      Donate online by clicking here

2)      Write a check (payable to Boston Children’s Hospital) and either send it to me or I can pick it up, or

3)      Come to the Wellesley California Pizza Kitchen on Wednesday, February 28nd, mention you are there to support the BCH Fundraiser and 20% of your check for lunch or dinner (dine in or takeout) will be donated to BCH (see attached flyer)

4)      Send a note of encouragement and/or cheer for us on Marathon Day!

Thank you for your support! I would also love to know if anyone will be out on the course on Marathon Monday as I will be looking for your smiling faces!

Julie Garvey
39 Norwich Rd
Wellesley, MA 02481