Miles and Milestones

Running the Boston Marathon is a big achievement. For Fernando Rangel, it’s also a way to mark some important milestones: turning 40, celebrating the life he has built, and supporting Boston Medical Center.

A member of Team BMC, Fernando is among 82 runners with a shared goal of taking on the Boston Marathon and fundraising for BMC’s mission. “I see other people on the team giving their all to training and fundraising — it’s inspirational to be part of a bigger cause,” says Fernando. “It’s about making connections and helping others.”

Inspired by his own journey with substance use, Fernando cares deeply about helping those who are dealing with mental health and addiction, regularly volunteering in the community. “I’m in recovery myself, so the programs that BMC has for people struggling with addiction are near to my heart,” Fernando says. “As I learned more about BMC, I saw how they go beyond what a traditional hospital does with financial coaching, education, and so much more.”

Pairing his passion for helping others with running is a natural fit for Fernando. Since he was a teen, Fernando has found running to be an outlet for coping with stress. As he has navigated recovery, it has become an increasingly important part of his life. “Since I was young, I’ve found peace in running,” Fernando says. “Recovery means caring for your body and mind, and running is a way for me to do both.”

In just a few weeks, Fernando will take to the course alongside his fellow Team BMC members. Heading into Marathon Monday, Fernando will be driven by an important lesson. “Your life can change no matter where you are right now,” he says. “There’s a reason I’m here, and I want to show that anything is possible.”

Learn more about Team BMC and the Boston Marathon.