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How I Learned Marathons Could Be Fun

Hello! My name is Kim and I am an avid Runkeeper user, pediatric critical care nurse, Bostonian, ice cream lover, adventurer, and soon to be marathon-achiever! I am SO excited to announce that this spring I will be running my first marathon, The Boston Marathon!!

While studying nursing at Northeastern University, I also learned that running marathons could be fun. I volunteered for multiple years at the finish line medical tent helping runners get the post-26.2-mile care and high fives they deserved. I walked along runners who were so ecstatic to have achieved a great accomplishment that their endorphins were radiating onto everyone around them. I will never forget my first year, standing at the finish line watching people of all ages, races, and backgrounds crossing that line with the biggest smiles on their faces…and all these strangers cheering them on like they were best friends.

Who would have thought running was a spectator sport? Definitely not the freshmen college Kim. Now seven years, later I am amped (and truthfully very nervous) to be on the other side of the barrier joining the thousands that will cross the finish line on Boylston Street.

How I Learned Marathons Could Be Fun

I am very honored to be running for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, as this organization’s mission is near and dear to my heart. I am a pediatric critical care nurse here in Boston, and I take care of numerous kiddos that benefit from the smiles this camp basically hands out, free of charge! Paul Newman founded The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp with one simple goal- that every child, no matter their illness or condition, could experience the spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand with camp. This camp in Connecticut provides unobtrusive complex medical care to the campers while running their camp with compassion, laughter, and acceptance. They have extended to outreach programs throughout the New England, including Boston Children’s Hospital, where I see the volunteers put smiles on the kids’ and families’ faces with every interaction they have! In my personal nursing practice, I know that every small act counts and makes a difference for a child and their family and when I see a small smile on my patients’ faces, it makes each and every nursing task I do worth it.

How I Learned Marathons Could Be Fun

My goal of $7,500 will send three children to camp to be kids and live their childhood to the fullest!  I am hoping that the running community of Boston and beyond will help me reach my goal! And I’m looking forward to seeing your smiling faces on race day. If interested, you can help me reach my goal by donating here.

 

 

Kimberly Buttafuoco

About the author:
Kimberly Buttafuoco

Kim is a pediatric critical care nurse who is running the 2017 Boston Marathon for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

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