Mid January. Training in full swing.
January 18, 2017
BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
So here's a short story.
My partner, Katya, fights Kids' Cancer through music.
It's incredible work.
I've seen it in action. Kids who are going through the unimaginable find relief through music - singing, strumming, improvising. Smiling! The parents get to see their children at peace, happy.
End of story. So what?
Well her work introduced me to the wider Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Clinic at Mass General Hospital, Boston. Having learnt about the great work they do, I decided to run the Boston Marathon to help their fundraising efforts for 2016.
Specifically the funds are used for cancer care and research programs that improve the lives of the kids there.
I feel lucky to have got the place on their team - to run the famous race, and to help children who have been dealt the worst luck.
It's personal for me as I know how hard the department work to give these children their lives back and how painful it is for them when they lose someone who has become their friend.
I'm not a therapist, a nurse or doctor. But I have two skinny pale legs that can go the distance, and so I'm in.
I'll be working to raise $6,000.
It's a big old number, and I can't do it alone. If you want to help me get there, I'd be beyond grateful; that little bit beyond where it becomes full-on hero-worship.
If you have ideas and skills to spare that could together some awesome fundraising - get in touch and let me know!
Thanks for reading,
Here's what the hopstial itself has written about the fundraising:
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time has raised over $12 million to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Funds raised are directed to cancer care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
Thanks in large part to the philanthropic dollars raised by this Marathon Team, MGHfC is advancing cutting-edge research, increasing the number of clinical studies to improve cure rates, and providing the best treatment possible to pediatric cancer patients. MGHfC is also focused on the quality of life of its young patients and their families through the child life program, which utilizes therapeutic play - music and art therapy to help pediatric cancer patients and their families cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses.
This year, more patients than ever before utilized Child-Life services, which indicates the growing popularity of the programming, the recognition of its importance, and the program’s ability to continue to expand its offerings.
We are grateful for the hard work of all of our runners and the dedication of their family and friends, as they embark on fundraising and training for the historic 26.2 mile race.