Thanks for visiting my fundraising page. I am running the Boston Marathon to benefit the Mass General Hospital Pediatric Oncology program, and I'm running in honor of one very special patient named Nicholas. Nick is an 8 year old who has spent most of his life battling neuroblastoma. I recently met Nick and got to spend some time with him. He is very creative (we built a fort in a cubicle, which is actually harder to do than you would think) and loves technology and using his iPod touch. He also loves to play hockey and his favorite team is the Boston Bruins (favorite player is Tyler Seguin).
Nick and his family have been so brave in battling his cancer, my running the Boston Marathon totally pales in comparison. Every time I'm pushing myself in training and I'm thinking of giving up, I think about Nick and everything he has been through. If he can make it this so far, then I can too.
Please consider donating to support Nick and his amazing family. They are truly deserving of everything we can give to them.
When I run the marathon on April 16th, I know that I will have "Super Nick Power" to help me through.
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote -
About the Marathon Team
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock Financial, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised over $6.7 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. Apply to run on the 2012 Mass General Marathon Team today!
The MassGeneral Marathon Team is centered around the Marathon Patient-Partner Program, in which runners are paired with patients undergoing cancer treatment at MGHfC. When our runners set out on Boston’s grueling 26.2-mile course, they not only raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research; they inspire and bring hope to the youngest patients we serve.
Last year, 50 children undergoing treatment were paired with Mass General runners. Some runners take part to support young patients they already know and love while others bond with a courageous child they have never met through the Patient-Partner Program. At an emotional pre-race pasta party and ceremony on the night preceding the marathon, runners presented a medal of honor to their patient-partner. It symbolizes a shared personal commitment in the fight against pediatric cancer, and represents all the hope we have that our efforts at Mass General will lead to a cure for this devastating disease.
The Child-Life Program
The Child-Life Program within the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC benefits every year from the funds raised by the Marathon Team. The program utilizes therapeutic play — including music and art therapy, massage and acupuncture — 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, an indication of the growing popularity of the programming, the recognition of its importance and the program’s ability to continue to expand its offerings — thanks in large part to philanthropic dollars.
Learn more about the causes we support and the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MGHfC at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children web site.