BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a sunny Saturday, the yellow bus carrying “Team Spaulding” pulls in to the Natick VFW. Runners receive water bottles and hugs and words of encouragement from psychologist and cheerleader, Dr. Chris Carter, with Spaulding Rehabilitation hospital. Carter got up early to greet his team. “We have administrators, we have clinicians, we have former patients, we have family members, we have friends of people who are injured. Everybody here today has a reason for running, and they’re all different stories,” says Dr. Carter. Some will do today what they were unable to last year: cross the finish line.
Steven Patrick, VP of Development for Partners Continuing Care and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network rallies the team of runners with a big smile and a big announcement: “Congratulations, we’ve met our original goal of raising half-a million-dollars and then some. We’ve surpassed our goal, and are well on the way to our stretch goal of raising 750-thousand. That’s a milestone.” The runners exchange high-fives and a chorus of “whoops and hollers” fills the clear air outside the VFW. They’re excited.
“Today feels like Christmas, ” one runner tells me. “The anticipation is huge.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby Reports