Photo: Georgetown's Valerie Durney and her family, husband Kip, twins Zoe and Ava, son Connor and Labrador Preston. Durney, a nurse practitioner at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, will be running in the upcoming 40th Annual Falmouth Road Race with a team aimed at raising funds and awareness for the New England Organ Bank. Courtesy photo
Is it a means of temporary escape, a fast-paced way to exercise or perhaps it’s done out of sheer enjoyment? Could it be all of the above?
For some, such as Georgetown’s Valerie Durney, a love for running will coincide with another intrinsic quality and translate into something far greater than a pattering of footsteps.
Durney, a nurse practitioner at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will be competing in the upcoming 40th New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Aug. 12 alongside 12 other team members who are involved with the New England Organ Bank.
As a nurse practitioner, Durney works with patients who are either waiting for, or have received, lung transplants.
“I see people dying from terrible lung diseases, and then watch them become reborn after the transplant,” Durney said. “It’s a truly amazing experience.”
With a full family that includes her husband Kip, 5-year-old twin girls, Ava and Zoe, a 3-year-old son, Connor, and a 7-year-old Labrador, Preston, Durney is well aware of how dire waiting lists can be for families.