History of Team BMC in the Boston Marathon
For more than 25 years, John Hancock Financial leadership has managed the Boston Marathon charity program, making the day synonymous with Boston and Boston's greatness. Over the years the program has allowed Boston area organizations to raise millions in philanthropy. This is an extraordinary accomplishment and one in which BMC is proud to play a small role.
Since 2002, John Hancock Financial has supported BMC by generously providing hundreds of Boston Marathon bibs, helping to establish Team BMC. To date, the team has raised more than $6.24 million to support a variety of initiatives at BMC, allowing the hospital to continue its mission of providing exceptional care, without exception.
Team BMC has consistently been one of the top performing charities in the John Hancock Non-Profit Program. Our 2014 marathon team was no exception. Filled with determination to take back the finish line after the tragic events of 2013, a record-breaking 107 dedicated members of Team BMC represented BMC on April 21, 2014. By the end of the marathon season, Team BMC raised more than $1.1 million and was a leader among all marathon charitable programs.
In 2016, Team BMC’s 91 runners crossed the finish line with another exceptional year of fundraising, raising more than $900,000 for the hospital. The team was led by honorary co-captains, Jeff Bauman, former BMC patient and Boston Marathon bombing survivor, and actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Bauman was severely injured in the bombings and was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he received world-class care to treat his injuries. He became a symbol of the city’s strength and his account of that day and his recovery was outlined in his inspiring memoir, "Stronger." It has since been adapted into a film where Gyllenhaal portrays Bauman.