Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A team from the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program led by Tippu Khan, PharmD, BCOP and Nicole Frazier, RN, BSN participated in an epic journey which included leaping over fire, trekking through waste-high mud, tossing spears, dodging attacks and most of all braving near freezing temperatures in the driving rain. What is all this about? It's the Spartan Race, an event of pure primitive craziness that promises it's participants an experience they'll never forget.
Competing as a team of about 15 which included other colleagues and their spouses, Khan and Frazier led the charge on March 23, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C. Despite the many physical obstacles, they also overcame mental barriers to finish the race together, as a team. In true Spartan fashion, they helped each other along the way with a hand up, a steadying arm and most of all an encouraging voice. Not only did they finish the race together, but they had enough energy to crack some smiles and even do a little dancing along the way! The teamwork that carried them through this race, is the same teamwork that makes them an amazing asset to the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program. Many of their patients, fighting extremely difficult battles themselves, cheered the team on with encouragement and high fives leading up to the race.
For the team, this isn't a one and done situation. As Frazier puts it, "Once you do one, it's kind of addicting." They competed again this month in the Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Race in Asheboro, N.C. on April 20, and if history is an indication of the future, there will be more to come!
And now we're pleased to present you with real doctors, real people / RN: Real Nurses Spartan Edition!