To say it is an honor that I was chosen to be a part of the 2014 Massachusetts General Hospital Marathon Team is an understatement. As some of you may know I am a pediatric nurse at MGH and care for many of the oncology patients that are treated by an outstanding team of physicians and nurses here. When I first considered running the marathon I grew extremely nervous (with excitement and fear). I soon realized that what I would go through training for the marathon is absolutely nothing compared to what the children with cancer and their families endure. I have watched children fight for their lives with absolute resiliency and would be nothing less than completely privileged to run the 118th Boston Marathon in their honor. To ALL my friends and family...thank you for your support and encouragement!
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock Financial, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised nearly $9 million to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital forChildren (MGHfC). Funds raised are directed to cancer care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
MGHfC has put these funds to good use advancing cutting-edge research, increasing the number of clinical studies to improve cure rates and providing the best treatment possible to pediatric cancer patients. But MGHfC is also focused on the quality of life of its young patients and their families. The marathon program also supports child life activities such as art and music therapy and support services for parents and siblings of patients.
We are grateful for the hard work of all of our runners and the dedication of their family and friends as they go through this historic journey.
The 2014 marathon is going to be one of the most historic 26.2 mile runs ever and we are honored to be a part of it. We appreciate your support. MGH Strong