This April, as runners from across the world come to Boston for the 2012 Boston Marathon, a South End resident with an uplifting story to tell will be taking part with a team of runners from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Patricia Sulick, 31, who moved to the South End in 2009, will join both doctors and patients from the infirmary, to raise money and test his endurance.
While some of the runners on the team are seasoned Boston Marathoners, this is Sulick’s first time taking part in the race and her first marathon ever.
“The Boston Marathon has always been something I wanted to do,” said Sulick. “This year I had the time to train and the stars seemed to align to let me do it.”
After an accident while riding a horse 10-years-ago, Sulick found herself with a fractured larynx which destroyed her vocals chords, causing her to lose her voice for almost two-years.
But thanks to the care of doctors at a hospital in Nashville Tennessee, Sulick has regained her voice and hopes that through her story and participation in the race she can raise money and bring awareness to the work the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary does.
“When I was looking at potential charities to run with, Mass Eye and Ear popped up because I had a connection with their work,” said Sulick. “Being able to give back to Mass Eye and Ear is great and I wanted to support a group that does so much for the people of Boston.”
Sulick said the work that the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary does can be life changing.
“[Losing a sense] has such a huge impact on your life,” said Sulick. “It affects how you interact with people and the work they do [Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary] makes a huge impact in the lives of so many.”
While it seems the biggest challenge for Sulick in her life has been regaining her voice, the 26.22 mile course seems like a pretty big feat.
“I think the biggest challenge has been training,” said Sulick. “I hope come race day that I’ve trained enough and will be able to run the whole marathon.”
Sulick has plenty of support from her teammates and her fiancé Michael Tuony, a Boston fire fighter who will be running beside her.
Sulick has set her fundraising goal at $6,000 and is about half-way there. If you would like contribute to Sulick visit her fundraising website.