This article first appeared in The Information Point newsletter Our World in 2018.
Earlier this year Will Ward celebrated his 15th year as a part of the Boston Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles program, which partners runners with hospital patients.
The Miles for Miracles program aims to form an inseparable bond between runners and patients, with runners looking to the patient they are paired with as inspiration and motivation while training for their race. Matches are encouraged to communicate frequently and even get together – patient families share their experience with the hospital while runners share their training updates.
This year, Will’s partner Kate McQuade Maul, ran her 18th Boston Marathon and it was her 16th running for Boston Children’s Hospital. Kate says ‘I have run the Boston Marathon since 2006 in honor of Will Ward and in memory of Steve Burton with the Miles for Miracles Children’s Hospital Boston Marathon Team. 100% of the funds I raise will go to support research for treatments and a cure for congenital myopathies at Beggs Lab at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. They have had some amazing breakthroughs recently. This past year Dr. Beggs was able to conduct research to support an ongoing clinical trial to treat MTM. Every dollar helps support this important research.’
This year saw the worst Marathon Monday weather in history, but the Ward family still turned out to show their support and the Miles for Miracles team Boston raised more than $2.3 million in total for the hospital.