Milton-area resident runs Boston Marathon
She is fundraising for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton
Milton, Mass. – “I know that I’ll finish, even if it’s ugly,” says 20-year-old Jordan Lysko who grew up in Canton, close to the Milton line. She is running her first marathon, having competed only in a 5k until now. “I’m not a runner at all. My mom was a big marathon runner.”
Jordan is running the Boston Marathon to fund raise for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton.
Her family was at the 2013 Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. She was at mile 21 and didn’t see it happen, but it shifted her perspective on life. “My mom ran the marathon the year after the bombing, carrying a picture of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was the same age as my brother at the time. It was such an emotional moment when she crossed the finish line. She was crying, Dad was crying, I was crying. Now, when I even think about running down Boylston, shivers run up my spine. It will be emotional.” Like her mother, she will run with a picture of Martin Richard tucked in her phone case.
Jordan calls herself accident prone, saying she has been to the emergency room at BID Milton “a couple of times.” She says, “The level of care they are able to administer is phenomenal with the staff and resources they have. People should have access to the best care possible.” As a pre-med sophomore at Georgetown University, she says she is especially interested in research, which is also part of the reason she chose BID Milton. “BIDMC is one of the best research hospitals in the country. BID Milton is plugged into that and the community. BID Milton is very important to me.”
“We appreciate the time, effort and commitment that Jordan is making on our behalf,” says Rich Fernandez, president, BID Milton. “We are a community hospital, and it takes support from residents of the community like Jordan to provide extraordinary healthcare. We are grateful.”
Right now, she is focused on tackling Heartbreak Hill, although training on the flat terrain of Washington DC doesn’t come close to what she knows will be a very challenging part of the course. Even so, she says, “I would 100% do it again. It has been so rewarding for me, both physically and mentally. It’s been a dream of mine to run Boston.”
If you would like to contribute to Jordan’s fundraising run, you can at: Jordan Lysko is raising money for Beth Israel Lahey Health | GivenGain
About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton (BID Milton) is a member of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals. More than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees share in a mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education. For more information about Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton, please visit www.bidmilton.org.