HANOVER (CBS) — Amanda Russell was fundraising for a team from the hospital where she worked — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — to run the 2016 Boston Marathon.
Russell was training for the race, jogging along Winter Street in Hanson, when she was struck by a car on December 23. She died earlier this week as a result of her injuries. The driver, a woman from Hanson, was taken to South Shore Hospital.
On Thursday morning, Russell’s fundraising page showed a total amount raised that was well above her goal of $7,500, and a friend announced she would be running in Amanda’s place.
Russell most recently worked in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Paul Levy, former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, wrote about his memories of Russell in a post on his blog on Tuesday:
“All who knew Amanda were struck by her good nature and generosity,” wrote Levy. “She inspired her colleagues to take on new challenges, to develop personally and professionally. She was a loyal friend. Working in the most optimistic part of our hospital, she saw and delivered joy.”
Levy said he would always remember Russell’s photos of sunsets, which she took every morning from the hospital. Now, he said, friends were celebrating Russell’s life by posting their own sunset photos with the hashtag #sunrisesforamanda.
On Amanda’s fundraising page, she talked about the joys of her job.
“Every shift I come to work on Labor and Delivery and help new life come into this world,” she wrote. “Each patient I work with touches my life one way or another, and it truly is a miracle every time.”