In its inaugural year 2017-2018, the group organized the logistics for over 100 participants to enter various running races, bike rides, triathlons, and Spartan obstacle course races. At the time, the organization’s name was the “Docs Who Lift.” By the end of the year, Docs Who Lift raised over $30,000 for the Zakim Center, a unique department at Dana Farber Cancer Institute that researches how exercise therapy can be incorporated into traditional cancer treatment.
Through its second year (2018-2019), DocsWhoLift became Medicine in Motion (MM), expanded across five medical schools, two dental schools, and seven hospitals, and became a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization. They held 12 events and raised over $15,000 for Autism Speaks and partners, were featured in six news articles, and were awarded the 2019 Harvard Medical School Dean’s Community Service Award.
In its third year (2019-2020), MM expanded internationally to include 30+ chapters over five continents. During the summer of 2020, Medicine in Motion hosted its MOVE Campaign to raise funds and awareness for racial justice. They raised over $20,000 for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the National Bail Out, Innercity Weightlifting (Boston), and Inala Wangarra (Australia). Events in the campaign included a virtual workout series, a 3-part collaboration with the Harvard Graduate Council, the Promise Run, and Medicine in Motion's first ever Olympiad.
Medicine in Motion plans to continue growing exponentially, both nationally and internationally, and continue making contributions to philanthropy, research, and benefiting the medical community.