BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Dear Family and Friends,
I am very excited to announce that I have joined the Mass General Marathon Team- "Fighting Kids’ Cancer… One Step at a Time". On April 20, 2015, I will have the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon... again! As a member of the Mass General Marathon Team, I am raising money to support pediatric cancer research and patient care programs at the Children's Cancer Center at MGH.
I have chosen to dedicate my career to helping patients with cancer, and I cannot imagine a better cause than raising money to fight this disease, particularly for children with cancer. The funds raised by the Mass General Marathon Team will go directly to the Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center. These funds will help support clinical and laboratory research in childhood cancer, as well as supportive care programs including wellness services like art and music therapy; parent, teen and sibling support groups; and child life specialists who help patients cope with illness and treatment.
As a breast cancer oncologist at MGH, I understand the emotional struggles that patients and their families experience when faced with a diagnosis of cancer. First and foremost, I am running this race to honor the memory of my mother, who died from cancer three years ago. In my job, I care for patients each day who are facing struggles with breast cancer. It is a privilege to care for these patients, and I am often humbled by the courage that my patients display as they face their illness. I am also running this race to honor the strength of my patients.
I will be training very hard to prepare for the race, but I need your help to reach my fundraising goal of $5,000. There are so many reasons to give this year: to honor how MGH's Boston marathon first responders made "Boston Strong"; to support medicine and research in a time of government cutbacks; and simply to support care for kids with cancer at one of the best hospitals in the world.
Thank you for your support,
"Anyone can run a hundred meters, it's the next forty-two thousand and two hundred that count."
-Seen on a runner's T shirt
"If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon."
-Kathrine Switzer, best known as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry.
""I've learned that finishing a marathon isn't just an athletic achievement. It's a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible."
-John Hanc, running writer