BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Friends and family,
I am overjoyed and proud to say this April 20th I will be representing Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Marathon Team in the 2015 Boston Marathon and running for my young friend, Ario.
While running the Boston Marathon has always been a dream of mine, I too wanted to find a charity I was passionate about and instilled a mission and message I supported. I owe my inspiration and introduction to the MGH mission to my good friend and co-worker Naveed Nour, whose son Ario experienced firsthand the care and attention of the MGH Pediatric Cancer team.
Naveed has not only given me stories about the great work MGH has done for him and his family, but has also instilled a message of inspiration in me. Whatever you are capable of…whatever your talents…do in the name of goodness. Goodness is what the world needs.
When Ario was 7 years old, he underwent surgery for a life threatening brain tumor. It was at MGH that Ario was cared for by a team of pediatric specialists, who, after a 10 hour surgery, successfully removed the entire tumor.
While Ario’s story concerning his battle with cancer is a brave and heroic one, I would like to call attention to his remarkable work after his recovery. After his own battle, his own fight with cancer, Ario did not run away or turn his back, instead he gave back to MGH and started volunteering his time to teach children undergoing the same treatments he went through.
He has spent hours visiting and befriending children who are currently battling their own fights with cancer. He has eased their worries and fears for a moment by offering a smile and a sense of hope. He has even explained the process of proton beam therapy—a treatment he underwent himself that while unique and offered in only some hospitals in the US. And while this treatment is very simple it that can be very scary and young children mostly require anesthesia--Ario did this treatment without anesthesia! Now Ario shows other children, how to do it like him. In 2011Ario was honored as a member of the one hundred—MGH’s annual celebration of heroes in the fight against cancer.
My fundraising reason or campaign is unlike many others. How I was introduced to the cause and mission is something I know that was meant to be. After hearing Ario’s story and understanding Naveed’s message, I believe this to be a life lesson. I cannot imagine what children like Ario and their parents have or will go through, but I do know how to run and push forward. And hopefully with your support we can help together to make the fight for many other children like Ario and their families a victorious one.
I will be running the Boston Marathon on not only on behalf of the MGH Oncology team, but for the children and people it serves everywhere, people like Ario and his family, who teach us to use our talents for others, for goodness.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal. Your donation will go to the care and research initiative that enhances the quality of life for children with cancer…children that go on to give a little more goodness in our world.
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!