Running brought Megan Bunnell together with Eric, her boyfriend of eight years, and now she is running her first ever marathon to support an organization that is close to both of their hearts. As a member of Team Joslin for the Boston Marathon, Megan is helping to raise money for Joslin Diabetes Center, where Eric has been a Type 1 diabetes patient for years, as they search for a cure for diabetes and continue top-notch research and care.
As a fourth year medical school student at Dartmouth, Megan understands the basics of diabetes, but she says her challenge is “balancing the medical knowledge while still being Eric’s support system first.” Megan says the nurses and doctors at Joslin have been incredibly helpful in answering all her questions while being respectful of Eric as the patient.
Megan wants to raise money for Joslin for everything they have done for Eric, but she also has an appreciation for the center through her father. Her dad is a general pediatrician down the street from Joslin and relies on them as an organization. “Some of his patients have diabetes, and it’s a big deal knowing he can send them to Joslin for excellent care,” Megan said. As a medical student, she is also mindful of working with organizations such as Joslin.
Growing up in Jamaica Plain, Megan watched the marathon every year. “I’m excited to be a part of something as big as the Boston Marathon as well as knowing I’ll have raised money for an organization I care a lot about,” Megan said. She and Eric are recently engaged, and their wedding is set for two weeks after the marathon. In lieu of wedding gifts, the couple is asking for donations. For more information and to donate to Megan’s run, visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/joslin-diabetes-center-inc-boston-2019/bunzrunz.
About Joslin Diabetes Center
Joslin Diabetes Center is world-renowned for its deep expertise in diabetes treatment and research. A federally designated Diabetes Research Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Joslin is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives. We develop and disseminate innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries throughout the world. For more information, visit www.joslin.org.