Since the marathon is just around the corner, you will start meeting two team members each day this week! Today, you will meet Matt Brigger and Jillian DeBusk!
Here’s some more information on our two generous and enthusiastic team members!
A pediatric otolaryngologist in the US Navy, Matt is returning to Team Eye and Ear for the third time and his ninth marathon. Matt was a fellow Mass. Eye and Ear in 2007-2009 and was thrilled to run the Boston Marathon last year with his close friends and former colleagues. He finished before the tragic bombings at the finish line and decided to run again as soon as he confirmed everyone he knew was safe. “The opportunity to raise funds with some of my close friends for a great cause at a great institution is unbelievable,” he explains. “While I was at Mass. Eye and Ear I witnessed the ‘anything is possible’ concept every day.” Matt has taken that idea of ‘anything is possible’ and applied it to his whole life.
A special education teacher at the Carroll School, Jillian will be fulfilling a “bucket list” dream of completing the Boston Marathon. She is inspired by the work done at Mass. Eye and Ear and will be running to raise funds for Operation Airway. The Team Eye and Ear member is a fitness enthusiast who turned to running after a devastating skiing accident. Jillian says that nothing brings her quite as much joy as running along Commonwealth Avenue past the Johnny Kelley statue, ahead of target pace and trading smiles with fellow runners. The sport of running has empowered her to change the way she views herself and how her contributions can make a difference in the lives of others.
Two more to come tomorrow!!