A team of 12 runners from Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) representing different backgrounds and medical professions across the Hudson Valley will compete in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 5. Team members will raise money in support of the patients they care for at WMCHealth’s 10 Hudson Valley hospitals. Here is a closer look at the runners who will “Go the Distance to Make a Difference.”
Henry Spence, RN, Mount Vernon, N.Y. – Running for Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of WMCHealth
Henry Spence’s interest in running started four years ago when a Biggest Loser weight loss competition was initiated at his unit at Westchester Medical Center. Since then, Henry, who is a registered nurse in the trauma intensive care unit, has participated in five half marathons, including the Healing Half Marathon. “The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon has always seemed like the ultimate challenge that I didn’t think I would be able to handle until now,” he said. “I look forward to representing Westchester Medical Center and being a part of this spectacular event. I am tremendously humbled to represent Westchester Medical Center. I am going the distance for our patients.”
Gabriel Tenembaum, MD, Monsey, N.Y. – Running for Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of WMCHealth
Giving up is not part of the vocabulary of Dr. Gabriel Tenembaum, an OBGYN affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital. In addition to being a physician for more than 30 years, he is also an avid athlete, triathlete and health and nutrition aficionado. “It is a great honor to be able to run the streets of the Big Apple as a representative of great health and healing organizations such as Good Samaritan Hospital and WMCHealth Network,” said Tenembaum, who is approaching his 60th birthday. “I look forward to going the distance for WMCHealth and my patients at Good Samaritan Hospital.”
Michael Thomas, PharmaD, White Plains, N.Y . – Running for Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of WMCHealth
For Michael Thomas, an oncology pharmacist at Westchester Medical Center, running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon is an opportunity to “show people that our healthcare team has the same passion and determination as our patients,” he said. “It takes a level of courage and willpower to push yourself to the summit of a marathon. I see an instant parallel with the journey some of our patients are forced to embark on. I run for the patient who labors with every step, fights for every breath, and I run simply because I can, a gift that can’t be overlooked.”
To make a contribution to support the runners who will “Go the Distance to Make a Difference” for healthcare in the Hudson Valley, click here. All donations collected will support the essential programs and services of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network and its 10 area hospitals.