Dear loved family and friends,
I am excited to announce that I have joined the Miles for Miracle team in order to participate in the 2017 Boston Marathon. Boston Children’s Hospital holds a place near and dear to my heart as the world-class doctors and care are the sole reason I am here today.
My connection begins at the age of 5 days old. I could not speak. I could not learn. I could not run. I could not breathe. Yes, the early three statements define a normal, healthy baby, but the latter statement reflects the state of a baby diagnosed with Respiratory Synchicial Virus. RSV is a virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. I was hooked to a ventilator and was a patient of the ICU for a month. I fought my way out with the never-ending help from the doctors at BCH.
I crossed my first 5K finish line wearing a light blue Girls on the Run t-shirt and my tongue hanging out of my mouth. I was hooked on the runner’s high and even more so on the relief I got from running. I ran Varsity Cross Country and Track for 6 years, starting as a sixth grader. Thus, I matured quickly and have been able to see myself grow as a runner and person.
Now, I am a Freshman at Harvard University: my dream school. I plan on concentrating in History or History of Science with a secondary in Economics and another secondary in Germanic Languages and Literatures (I am studying Swedish). My future aspirations are to go into business or law, particularly in the health sector.
Here is a small excerpt from my college essay that focused on the irony that I am a runner:
“Breathing is such a simple mechanism, comprised of three unique stages that have shaped me into who I am. From the moment I stared into death’s bleak, colorless eyes, I defied the odds, for he could not steal my ability to breathe. My lungs used to be my greatest foe; I turned them into my favorite ally.”
Please support my run. By doing so, you will be saving the life of another dimpled-baby. Anything counts and means the world to me.
Sophie Rose Barry