Running brought Megan Bunnell together with Eric Schlobohm, her boyfriend of eight years, and now she is running her first ever marathon to support an organization that is close to both of their hearts.
As a member of Team Joslin for the Boston Marathon, Bunnell is helping to raise money for Joslin Diabetes Center, where Schlobohm has been a Type 1 diabetes patient for years, as they search for a cure for diabetes and continue top-notch research and care.
As a fourth year medical school student at Dartmouth, Bunnell understands the basics of diabetes, but she says her challenge is “balancing the medical knowledge while still being Schlobohm’s support system first.” Bunnell says the nurses and doctors at Joslin have been incredibly helpful in answering all her questions while being respectful of Schlobohm as the patient.
Bunnell wants to raise money for Joslin for everything they have done for Schlobohm, but she also has an appreciation for the center through her father. Her dad is a general pediatrician down the street from Joslin and relies on them as an organization.
“Some of his patients have diabetes, and it’s a big deal knowing he can send them to Joslin for excellent care,” said Bunnell. As a medical student, she is also mindful of working with organizations such as Joslin.
Growing up in Jamaica Plain, Bunnell watched the marathon every year.
“I’m excited to be a part of something as big as the Boston Marathon as well as knowing I’ll have raised money for an organization I care a lot about,” said Bunnell. She and Schlobohm are recently engaged, and their wedding is set for two weeks after the marathon.
In lieu of wedding gifts, the couple is asking for donations. Please click here for more information and to learn about Bunnell's fundraising efforts.