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Team IHP Completes Boston Marathon in Support of IHP

October 12, 2021
Team IHP runners Lauren Chesnard and Bridget Carroll
Team IHP runners Lauren Chesnard and Bridget Carroll

Team IHP members Bridget Carroll, OTD ’22, and Lauren Chesnard, BSN ’12, completed the 2021 Boston Marathon on October 11, successfully tackling Heartbreak Hill and persevering through milder-than-expected weather while fulfilling their fundraising efforts for the MGH Institute. 

Carroll, for whom this was her first marathon, completed the 26.2-mile course in a time of 4:50:51. The third-year occupational therapy student ran to support the MGH Institute’s Charles and Ann Sanders IMPACT Practice Center, the hub of the IHP’s innovative interprofessional education focus.

“26.2 miles of inspiration, encouragement and comradery…the Boston Marathon is extraordinary. Even in moments when I doubted my abilities, there were thousands of fans urging me to push forward,” says Carroll.

Carroll chose to run in support of the IMPACT Practice Center because of the benefits of having students from genetic counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and speech-language pathology where students from the IHP’s direct-entry programs learn from and with each other about how collaborating improves patient outcomes.

Chesnard, an experienced runner, finished the race in 4:25:05. She ran to support the Maureen Ryan Community Health ABSN Nursing Scholarship, named in honor of the 2017 BSN graduate who passed away in 2020 from due to complications from the rare congenital heart condition Loeys-Dietz syndrome.

"Many factors contributed to me to keep pushing through when my legs wanted to stretch and rest. I was thinking of the nursing student this will go towards with the Maureen Ryan Scholarship fund, the words of encouragement from Mr. & Mrs. Ryan that an angel would be watching over me while I race," says Chesnard.

As a nursing graduate, Chesnard was drawn to help launch the endowed scholarship fund as a way of helping future registered nursing graduates be able to attend the IHP and follow Ryan’s passion and commitment to community health nursing and servicing underserved communities.

Donations will continue to be accepted through October.