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2017 Mass General Marathon Team for Pediatric Hematology Oncology

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Mid January. Training in full swing.
January 18, 2017

It's wet out there! But your donation has kept me warm and motivated. Thank you. It is SUCH a good cause you've helped. You should feel warm  See more

BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Ben Ashenden

THE STORY:

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,

Ben 

 

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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.

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To This Fundraiser

$9,328

MONEY RAISED
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  • Frances Koston

    $100

  • Brid Kirby

    $15

  • Liz Smith

    $20

  • Ciarán

    $25

  • Evan, Wendy, Josh & Simon

    $100

  • Tristan Scroggins

    $25

  • Kieran

    $25

  • Josef Herman

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Pat Houshold aka Granny

    $100

  • Marty Mazzone

    $250

  • Annelies

    $25

  • Billie McIntyre

    $25

  • Julia Hart

    $50

  • Harshitha Krishnan

    $15

  • Lou

    $25

  • The Swart Grossman Family!

    $150

  • Jeff and Marina Jones

    $50

  • Anna

    $20

  • Adam Sankowski

     

  • Max

    $50

  • Matt Hines & Erin Maher

     

  • Ralph Jones

    $18.83

  • Jenna K Moynihan

    $25

  • TK

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Abby Buckland

    $50

  • Georgia Lurie

     

  • EJ Martin

    $40

  • Rachel Chao

    $35

  • David Chao

    $50

  • Bullers

    $25

  • Lou

    $25

  • Ivan

    $32

  • The Quiz Supper King

     

  • EJD

    $10

  • Wishing you luck and sending both you and Katy all the love. This is amazin

    $100

  • Skye Hallam

     

  • Claire and Frank

    $75

  • Luba

    $20

  • A well wisher

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Jennie Allen

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Lisa Wong

    $100

  • Julia McKenzie

    $20

  • Rebecca Kerr

    $25

  • Betty Widerski

    $25

  • Eleanor

    $20

  • Dobby

    $35

  • Andrew Quartermain

    $25

  • Gabe Hirshfeld Raffle!

    $10

  • London Pub Quiz Fundraiser

    $152

  • London Comedy Night Fundraiser

    $866

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Patrick Walshe McBride

    $25

  • TC

     

  • Marty Mazzone Raffle!

    $250

  • Mahatma Gandhi

    $25

  • Bill and Lorraine

     

  • Suzi

    $25

  • andrew teslicko

    $100

  • Max Barton

    $25

  • Acey

    $50

  • Jonah

     

  • Greg L

    $50

  • Ed Schilling

    $25

  • Cordelia

    $10

  • Màiri C

    $25

  • in Honor of Emily Wipper

    $50

  • Marty Mazzone Raffle!

    $100

  • Brian Cummings

    $40

  • Gabriel Neher

     

  • felice pomeranz

     

  • lynds&angus peter (raffle)

    $10

  • Irene McManus

    $50

  • Richard Shortis (Irene's Partner)

    $25

  • Chris D'Amore

    $50

  • Jenna RAFFLE

    $10

  • Carol Danner RAFFLE

    $20

  • Paula

    $50

  • Noreen Rizzo ($10 for raffle)

    $25

  • Louise RAFFLE

    $15

  • Matt and Erin

    $50

  • Mariel Vandersteel

     

  • KEVIN SIHLANICK

    $25

  • Willie Marquart

    $25

  • Katherine Stewart

     

  • Lynn Geltman Burren

    $24

  • Bentley

    $25

  • Sacha Field

    $25

  • Carolyn Kendrick

     

  • Morrisroe

    $130

  • Raffle cash

    $597

  • Mazzone

     

  • Phoebe Haines

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Elliott Ross

    $25

  • Susie

    $40

  • 24 Hour Music LLC

    $1,714

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155% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $1,000,742 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Howard Weinstein

Amount Raised

$80,121

 

107% Raised of $75,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Amount Raised

$70,210

 

7% Raised of $1,000,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Paul Cincotta

Amount Raised

$28,410

 

95% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lyman Missimer

Amount Raised

$25,254

 

126% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ashley Bronson

Amount Raised

$18,083

 

106% Raised of $17,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Alyssa and Rich Maglione

Amount Raised

$16,835

 

120% Raised of $14,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Fernando Goldsztein

Amount Raised

$16,000

 

267% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Shavonne Malara

Amount Raised

$15,300

 

102% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Donor Comments

24 Hour Music LLC

24 Hour Music LLC

DONATION: $1,714

1 month ago

Susie

Susie

DONATION: $40

2 months ago

Elliott Ross

Elliott Ross

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 months ago

Phoebe Haines

Phoebe Haines

2 months ago

Mazzone

Mazzone

Winner of live auction 2 months ago

Raffle cash

Raffle cash

DONATION: $597

2 months ago

Morrisroe

Morrisroe

DONATION: $130

All the best Ben, a very worthy cause. 2 months ago

Carolyn Kendrick

Carolyn Kendrick

2 months ago

Sacha Field

Sacha Field

DONATION: $25

2 months ago