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Marathon Runner

by Gavin Histen

I am running the 2017 Boston marathon in order to raise funds for Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children. I will be hosting a fundraising event at the Bertucci’s at 414 Washington St., in Holliston MA on March 6th from 11am to 9pm.

During this event all dine in, carry out, and delivery orders that present my flyer will have 15% of their order donated to Tufts Medical Center. I will also be raffling off a train/activity table handmade by myself. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.


               My name is Gavin Histen and my wife, Savannah, and I have been residents of Holliston for coming up on five years. Our first home was purchased here and in that home we have welcomed two amazing boys. Savannah works in the Natick school system and teaches history. I work at a biotechnology company in Cambridge doing research on rare genetic diseases.  I began running a couple years ago when my first son was born so that I would be able to keep up with my kids. At first it was just exercise, but I quickly ended up enjoying it and my runs became longer and longer. In October I ran my first real race after some prodding from friends and completed a half marathon. I toyed with the idea of running a full marathon and wasn’t giving Boston any consideration until a colleague sent me the link to Team Tufts MC. Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children is a charity that my company has raised funds for each year by participating in the Cycle for Life. While cycling has never been my forte, running for Tufts MC just felt right.


About Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children:

                The Floating Hospital for Children was originally founded in Boston in 1894 as a ship that sailed Boston Harbor so that children could take in the salt air and be seen for check-ups for free. The Floating Hospital was so successful that they eventually created an on shore facility in the 1920’s and began an affiliation with Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts and the Floating Hospital formally merged in 1965.

                Tufts Medical Center began as the Boston Dispensary in 1796 making it the oldest permanent medical center in the country and lists among its founders Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children are affiliated with many of our local hospitals including: Lawrence General Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, MetroWest Medical Center and Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital.

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Links to Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children