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Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Team 2015 at MGH

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BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015

Christine Cserti-Gazdewich

THE STORY:

The Mass General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) first began caring for children in 1821.  MGH bears not only the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, but the largest research program of any medical center in North America.  “Fighting Kids’ Cancer… One Step at a Time” is dedicated to innovating further and again. 

Although the last 3 decades have seen nearly uniform death sentences transfigured into 85% cure rates for newly diagnosed childhood cancers, these afflictions continue to claim more lives before adulthood than any other disease today. 

Volunteering as a teen in a Child Life Program exposed me to the incomprehensible nature of the suffering of innocents.  It remains hard to witness how youth and their families can be shattered by cancer.  Cancer migrated closer to home when before her 20th birthday, a childhood friend of mine who had blossomed into a beauty queen and an aspiring veterinanian had succumbed to the humiliations and aggressions of breast cancer.  My mother’s life went next within a year, at an age very near mine now.

Success is a team effort, especially when the problem is daunting.  Every little step, every dollar, every wish, every word…

Let’s make a choice in our many moments that we ourselves are blessed with, to extend and improve those coming to the children near and far. 

What happens in Boston (when it comes to the victories of medical research or undaunted runners!) doesn’t stay in Boston…

With love and gratitude,

Christine Cserti-Gazdewich, 

(former Transfusion Medicine Fellow at MGH/HJPTM, now at University Health Network in Toronto, but forever a fan of Beantown and my inspiring mentors & colleagues)

 

More information from MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL for the curious:

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!

$5,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Go Christine....!

    $500

  • Preffer Family

     

  • Mandy Davis

    $75

  • Rita Mah

    $100

  • Andrea Matte

    $20

  • Rosalynn Nazarian

    $75

  • Amy Powers

    $75

  • Harmony Hancock

     

  • Eric and Andrea from Arizona

    $50

  • Peter, Tiff, Rupert and Charlie

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Anonymous

     

  • Eileen

    $50

  • Monika

    $50

  • Kevin Imrie

    $500

  • Andrea Boggild

    $250

  • Nagina

     

  • Laszlo Cserti

    $100

  • Jess Dines from Grifols

    $25

  • Yulia Lin

    $100

  • Meghan Delaney

    $100

  • Baker Family

    $50

  • Rob Sutherland

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Athen & Emily Gazdewich

    $100

  • Dr. Christine Cserti-Gazdewich

    $560

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63% Raised of $8,000 Goal

The Team: $1,036,089 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Howard Weinstein

Amount Raised

$94,420

 

126% Raised of $75,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Amount Raised

$60,954

Fundraiser Title

Bryan Rafanelli

Amount Raised

$51,055

Fundraiser Title

Paul Cincotta

Amount Raised

$37,031

 

100% Raised of $37,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tarrah Zedower

Amount Raised

$22,843

 

114% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

David Francis

Amount Raised

$20,065

Fundraiser Title

Erin Melillo

Amount Raised

$18,745

 

125% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Phoebe Yager

Amount Raised

$17,177

 

245% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Dr. Christine Cserti-Gazdewich

Dr. Christine Cserti-Gazdewich

DONATION: $560

2 years ago

Athen & Emily Gazdewich

Athen & Emily Gazdewich

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

In memory of John Petis 2 years ago

Rob Sutherland

Rob Sutherland

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Baker Family

Baker Family

DONATION: $50

Best wishes Dr Christine from a grateful family 2 years ago

Meghan Delaney

Meghan Delaney

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Yulia Lin

Yulia Lin

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Jess Dines from Grifols

Jess Dines from Grifols

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Laszlo Cserti

Laszlo Cserti

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Nagina

Nagina

In memory of my Dad who left me 13 years ago in May. Miss you Dad. 3 years ago