Our students (and alums) are beyond fantastic. We all know that. They are highly recruited, so smart, and destined to be leaders. Today, I want to take a moment and to recognize a few members of our community, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership through their participation in this year's Boston Marathon. I admire their effort so much and believe they have hit a "home run" for themselves and for the Institute. See what you think:
Home Run Number 1: First off, CSD 2007 alum, Janis Greim decided to combine her passion for running and her commitment to the IHP into a remarkable memorial for her classmate, Chris Norman, (CSD 2007), who passed away suddenly last year. Janis, who now lives in Pennsylvania, and works as a speech-language pathologist for a rehabilitation agency, entered the Boston Marathon with a goal of raising funds in memory of Chris. When the Norman family heard of this, they developed a matching challenge to inspire Janis' classmates, faculty, and others to make a donation. At the end of the 26 mile run, Janis' leadership inspired over $15,000 of commitment for future students in CSD! Janis, now back at home, sent a wonderful message yesterday, and in it she said : ..."
Home Run Number 2: Kailin Collins, a second year student in the DPT program decided that with school and clinical responsibilities that she could run in the marathon and raise money for the PT Center! The faculty describe Kailin as a leader and clearly she is a great time manager, as well. Training for the marathon, combined with her other responsibilities is an amazing commitment. And the best news, Kailin came in 36th in the women's division with