BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
I am honored to be part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Marathon Team: Fighting Kids' Cancer.
Once again, I will be running the Boston Marathon in honor of my pal Ethan Cafferky. Ethan is the son of my friends John and Traci.
Ethan was diagnosed with stage III Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a rare, aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September 2013. Ethan was six years old and had just started first grade. Ethan had no symptoms, other than an intermittent stomachache, when he was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with his vital organs shutting down, within hours of his life. Burkitt’s tumors double is size every 18-24 hours, placing patients in grave danger with often little or no warning. Ethan spent weeks in the PICU, followed by months of inpatient treatment. Because of the aggressive nature of Burkitt’s, treatment requires highly concentrated doses of chemotherapy to combat the rapid growth and spread of the cancer. In just four months, Ethan received the same amount of chemotherapy that many pediatric patients receive in two years or more.
An amazing little boy, Ethan never once complained. He played and smiled and laughed and loved. He even has led his own fundraising effort for Burkitt’s Lymphoma Fund for Africa, an organization that funds research and treatment of Burkitt’s for children in Africa. Ethan got his school involved and last spring, after completing his treatment, Ethan’s school held a walk-a-thon, raising over $12,000 (enough money to treat over twenty children) for BLFA and the children of Africa afflicted with Burkitt’s.
While Ethan is still two years from remission, he is a smiling, energetic, and compassionate second grader who knows how lucky he is to have the best doctors and medical care available to cure him of his cancer.
I truly appreciate any contribution you can make to the efforts to fight kids’ cancer. I know we are all asked to give to many great causes so I thank you for considering this fund raising effort. The amazing things that MGH and others do to fight this awful disease on our most precious can only be accomplished with money and yours will go directly to this cause.
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote -
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team...Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time...has raised over $10 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 the Mass General Marathon Team...Fighting Kids’ Cancer One Step at a Time.... 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. Mass General and Boston...Together We Finish!