BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
I have now completed my two 20 mile runs for my 9th Boston Marathon, just two weeks away. The weather for both of them was less than ideal - last week it snowed, representative of the whole training season. While it is always difficult to train in a Boston winter, this one has been especially challenging. Unfortunately, I have not risen to the challenge as I would have liked. But for those of you who have been on this 10 year journey with me know, I don't seem to be able to give up, quit, or simply stop.
And I'll tell you why. Cancer hasn't quit, given up or been beaten yet. There are still friends, family, parents, and even children who are not given a choice in their journey. They don't get to decide to simply stop.
We all struggle to find meaning in our lives, ways to leave our unique mark. My children will always do that. But the money we've raised, and the impact we've had, for children who battle cancer every day will always be something I'm extremely proud of and committed to.
This year I have the privilege of running for a little boy named Ronnie. You may remember Ronnie from last year. He is a wonderful little boy with the most amazing smile. He was there for me at Mile 20 last year with a special treat to give me strength to finish out the race and will be there again this year! It is an honor to do this race in his name.
He and too many others are the reason I do this race but you all are the reason I am able to keep running. Your dedication to this cause and your support of the program and me have been inspiring. And so I will again lace up to run the incredible event known as the Boston Marathon, not worrying about my time, but enjoying the experience and being grateful to be a part of it.
There are only two weeks left before the marathon. Running coaches will largely say that my work is done - the training is in the "bank" and now it is about staying healthy and getting to the starting line feeling good.
Your work now begins. We have raised $2000 so far!! I am so grateful to those dedicated people who have sought me out to ensure they get their donation in! The goal is $7000. So click on the link below - it only takes a couple minutes but the impact is long lasting. It is now your chance to rise to the challenge.
Here's a little incentive. For every person who donates $100 or more before Marathon Monday (April 20th), I will dedicate one mile of the marathon to a recipient of their choice. That person will receive a special note and MGH marathon T-shirt.
You can also mail a check made out to MGH to:
25 Amelia Drive
Waltham, MA 02452
Thank you to everyone for their support, well wishes and patience as I prepare for this race. I could not do it without you.
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!