Team IHP

Marathon finish line


This will be our seventh consecutive year hosting a team from the Institute to participate in the historic international running event which this year will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017.

About Team IHP

Every year, MGH Institute of Health Professions recruits runners who have a passion for running and a passion for the work being done here at the Institute. Our runners train hard in both their running efforts and their fundraising efforts as they are asked to raise a minimum of $5,000. Funds raised through the Marathon program support a variety of initiatives at the Institute, including academic program support, scholarships, community service, the on-campus clinical care centers, and so much more. Runners are able to select which fund they would like their donations to support.

Since 2011 Team IHP and the Institute together have raised more than $100,000 for MGH Institute of Health Professions. Funds raised through the Marathon program have a tremendous impact at the IHP both monetarily in support of our students and their educational experience and in awareness of our services for the local community.

The Institute is devoted to coaching our runners to give them both a memorable and rewarding marathon and training experience.

Meet Team IHP 

Kristin Camara, MS-SLP '11

Kristin is a local Massachusetts native and 2011 alum of the MGH IHP's Communication Science & Disorders program. Kristin has had a lifelong dream of running the Boston Marathon and is proud to be running in support of the Christopher Norman Fund. As a graduate of the IHP who gained an invaluable learning experience through work in the Speech, Language and Literacy Center, Kristin is excited to honor that experience by giving back to the Institute and the clinic.

Kristin currently works as a Speech-Language Pathologist in home care and inpatient rehab helping adults with communication and swallowing disorders. She has run numerous 5ks, several half marathons and completed her first full marathon in New York in 2014. When she is not running, she is traveling the globe and searching for the next mountain to hike. 

Visit Kristin's Marathon page to make a donation towards Kristin’s fundraising efforts.


Michaela Deasy, MSN '14

Photo of Michaela Deasy, MSN '14
Michaela Deasy is a 2014 graduate of the Direct Entry Nursing Program at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is currently working as a Nurse Practitioner in the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at MGH.  In addition to her love for nursing, she has a passion for running and all things exercise.  Michaela has run many road races over the years, including two marathons, the Nashville Marathon in April 2015, and the Chicago Marathon in October 2015. 

Michaela will be running this year’s Boston Marathon for the IHP’s scholarship program. As a young professional, she has a keen understanding of the financial burden of school loans.  She would like those willing and passionate about entering the health care field not to be deterred by finances in the pursuit of their allied health degree.  Achieving much support both emotionally and financially from her family, Michaela would like to pay the honor forward by donating to the IHP’s scholarship program.

Being a native of Massachusetts, and long term resident of Boston, Michaela is so excited to finally be running in her home city for a cause that could brighten educational horizons.  She can’t wait to run with her fellow IHP teammates, and have her friends and family waiting for her at the finish.

Visit Michaela's Marathon page  to make a donation towards Michaela’s fundraising efforts.

Nina Freitas, DPT '16

Photo of Nina Freitas, DPT '17

Nina Freitas is a Boston transplant, born and raised in sunny California who moved to the east coast for graduate school at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Growing up, Nina was an avid soccer player and considered running as just an activity to "stay in shape" for her soccer season. During her youth soccer career, she was frequently sidelined due to various orthopedic injuries and the support she received from her aunt and neighbor, both physical therapists, pushed her to pursue a career in the allied health field.

She moved east in May of 2013 to pursue her studies at the IHP, one month after the tragic bombings. Every year since her move, Nina has attended the marathon to support and cheer on the runners; however, it never occurred to her that she would one day be joining them in the race. She has previously participated in the San Francisco Nike Women’s Half Marathon and the New York City Marathon. She is extremely excited to be a part of this unique and unifying event in Boston and to raise money for student scholarship funds. She is a strong believer in the importance of allied health professionals in today’s healthcare world and she hopes her fundraising can help others pursue these rewarding careers in helping those who are injured or sick return to their happy and healthy selves. 

Visit Nina's Marathon page to make a donation towards Nina's fundraising efforts.


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