Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I would really appreciate your support this year as I attempt my 7th running of the Boston Marathon on April 15, as part of the MassGeneral Marathon Team. I am raising money to support cancer treatment and research at the MassGeneral CancerCare for Children. Every dollar raised makes a tremendous difference in the lives a child with cancer and their families. These funds help provide support and enrichment activities to our patients and their families to help them through this stress time in their lives. The money is also used to support vital childhood cancer research, including the work I am doing in my research laboratory finding causes of childhood cancer and seeking new more effective and less toxic therapies.
My inspiration for this year's run is Delia. Delia is a 6 year old girl whom I followed for several years with a mitochondrial metabolism defect that made her medically fragile. She was in and out of the hospital frequently, but this only served to build up her tremendous spirit. As if that wasn't enough last year she was diagnosed with a cancer of the bone of her skull. She plowed through the ups and downs of chemotherapy and radiation with tenacity and a contagious enthusiasm for life that touched all around her. Now off therapy her scans last month showed her to be clear of detectable cancer! I am fighting to help all the Delia's conquer cancer and live their lives to limits of their potential. These kids have much to give the world and I hope you can help us in this effort.
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I would be honored to have you on my team this year. Please join this tremendous effort. All donations are tax deductible.
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.
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!