Dear Friends and Family,
Our MGH Marathon Team 2013 includes 105 runners who are passionate about our cause and are already training hard for the marathon on April 15. This is the 16th year of our MGH Marathon Team "Fighting Kid's Cancer.....One Step at a Time". We have been fortunate to get our charity numbers each year from John Hancock Financial. With their partnership we have raisad almost eight million dollars for the childhood cancer program at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. It didn't take me long to decide to give it a go one more time . Your inspiration and support will get me to the finish line for the 23rd time.
As you know, each year I dedicate my Marathon run to a friend, family member or one of my patients. Two years ago I ran in honor of a 7 year old girl named Alexandra who had leukemia. Alexandra was one of the most gifted and courageous youngsters that I have cared for. She always brightened my day, made me laugh and think, and was adored by everyone. We were all very saddened when she died this past summer. Alexandra's memory and spirit will be wih me every step of the way during this year's marathon. I will also be running to honor one of my recently diagnosed patients. You will learn more about this patient in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your steadfast support of my marathon runs and your confidence in our work in the childhood cancer program at MGHfC. Each and every one of our patients and their families are very appreciative of your help. We continue to make great strides toward our goal of curing all children with cancer.
You can sponsor my run online www.crowdrise.com/howard or write a check payable to the Mass General Hospital and send it to Dr. Howard Weinstein, 55 Fruit Street, Yawkey 8B-8893, Boston, MA 02114. I hope to see you on Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013.
Best wishes, Howard
PHOTOS- Alexandra 2011. Lily 2012.
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