The not-for-profit health system, which include entities such as South Shore Hospital, South Shore Medical Center, and South Shore VNA, will be participating in its 12th Boston Marathon in 2023, and has raised just over $1.7 million for its behavioral health and cancer care services and programs to date.
Runners can earmark their fundraising support for either the implementation of behavioral health and substance use disorder services and initiatives within the Grayken Center for Treatment at South Shore Health, or cancer care at the Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital.
South Shore Health Philanthropy Officer Erin Labbe told WBZ NewsRadio that runners who sign up to be on Team South Shore Health not only get an official bib, but a slew of resources to help them prepare for the race and raise funds.
"You get a fundraising professional, a.k.a. me, giving you resources, tips, all the things you need to fundraise," Labbe said. "We also have a running coach, a physical therapist, we have nutritionists, and then we have a post-race celebration. Your family and friends can come and grab something to drink, grab something to eat, shower, change."
For Labbe, getting people to sign up to run a marathon is not as difficult a task as it may seem.
"It's not extremely tough," Labbe said. "People have to want to run and want to raise funds. It’s not as hard as you think. People are great."
Anyone interested in applying to represent South Shore Health in the Boston Marathon can do so here.
WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFama WBZ) reports.