VALHALLA, N.Y. -- This fall, six Westchester Medical Center Health Network employees from across the Hudson Valley will channel their fighting spirit in the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 6.
Nurse Adele Rushneck of Valhalla is one of those, as she run for Go the Distance to Make a Difference and Westchester Medical Center.
Rushneck knows a thing or two about trauma. A member of the WMCHealth team for 37 years, she is the Assistant Nurse Manager in Westchester Medical Center’s Trauma Intensive Care Unit. Despite her background, nothing could have prepared Rushneck for the sudden, unexpected loss of her son in 2013, when she was training to run her first marathon.
Devastated, Rushneck stopped running for several weeks. Eventually, believing her son would have wanted her to finish what she had started, she rededicated herself to training. In what she deemed a “healing experience,” Rushneck went on to complete the New York City Marathon. “Life is a marathon, and no matter what you may be facing. I believe it is important to set your sights on a goal or a path, dig deep and stay focused,” she said.
This year’s event will mark Rushneck’s third TCS New York City Marathon. She’ll be running in honor of all Westchester Medical Center patients, as well as the staff that is so committed to their care. “It might not be easy, but you will get to that finish line or you will get on the right path,” she said.