A team of 12 runners from Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) representing different backgrounds and medical professions across the Hudson Valley will compete in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 5. Team members will raise money in support of the patients they care for at WMCHealth’s 10 Hudson Valley hospitals. Here is a closer look at the runners who will “Go the Distance to Make a Difference.”
Boeu Chon, DO, New York City – Running for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of WMCHealth
Since joining the medical team at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital six years ago, Boeu, a pediatric anesthesiologist, has had the opportunity to care for many children, whether working on routine cases or more unique and challenging ones, such as the first-ever separation of conjoined twins at the Children’s Hospital in January. “I find caring for pediatric patients and their families incredibly fulfilling,” he said. “When I run in this year’s TCS New York City Marathon, I will remember the meaningful work that I have the opportunity to do each day and think of the pediatric patients we care for at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.”
Fred Dombrowski, PhD, LMHC, Milford, Conn. – Running for the Behavioral Health Center, a member of WMCHealth
In his role as an outpatient mental health counselor for the Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center, Fred works with many patients with varying struggles and with those who identify as LGBT. Part of his role is to connect patients with adjunct care in the community. “Considering the stigma that surrounds mental health, many patients – especially those who identify as LGBT - may avoid entering into treatment," he said. "By running the TCS New York City Marathon on behalf of our behavioral health patients, I hope to minimize the stigma and provide a reminder that anything is possible with hard work and determination.”
Leslie Guido, RN, New Windsor, N.Y. – Running for Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of WMCHealth
Since joining the Westchester Medical Center in 1987, Leslie has held numerous positions including assistant associate nursing care coordinator, staff nurse ICUD, nurse manager of Sub- Acute Rehab and nursing supervisor in Taylor Care. She is currently a clinical documentation specialist. Leslie was encouraged by one of the Orthopedic Physician’s Assistants to run WMC’s 2015 Healing Half/10K. “After that, I ran some 5Ks, and by the time I ran the Healing Half/10K in 2016, I found I was really enjoying running,” she said. This past spring, she ran the NYC Half Marathon and completed it in 2:07:55.
To make a contribution to support the runners who will “Go the Distance to Make a Difference” for healthcare in the Hudson Valley, click here. All donations collected will support the essential programs and services of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network and its 10 area hospitals.