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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

Eric Hazen

THE STORY:

Dear Friends and Family:

This year of my 40th birthday I am running the Boston Marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer programs and research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Why am I slogging through the cold, snowy streets of Boston to train when I could be home warm and cozy with my family? There are three reasons: from the past, the present and the future.

First, I am running in memory of my father, Jim Hazen, who died of cancer at the age of 48 after a difficult two year battle.  My father was an avid athlete and runner with a strong competitive drive. The moments when I felt closest to him as a kid were often when we were playing sports together. I have great memories of tagging along with him for runs around the neighborhood and at the track at Coventry High School where I would try not to let him lap me too many times. Cancer took my father’s life a few months shy of my high school graduation. Though he hasn’t been able to witness the big milestones in my life- my education and career and more importantly my wedding and the birth of my two sons- his spirit has stayed with me and been a shaping influence throughout my life. My eldest son James is named after him. I run to honor my father’s spirit and memory as well as those of so many others who have been lost to cancer in the prime of their lives.

The second reason I run is for the remarkable kids, families, doctors, nurses, child life specialists and others that I have the honor to work with at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. I am a child psychiatrist who specializes in helping kids who have serious medical illnesses, many of whom suffer from serious emotional difficulties related to their illness. In my work, I am inspired by the bravery and resilience of the kids I work with, the depths of love and devotion I see in their families, and the dedication and commitment of the medical staff.  The funds raised by me and my Mass General Team will go in part toward programs, such as art and music therapy, that make a huge impact on kids’ lives. Such programs are usually not funded by insurance, but they can be a tremendous help to children and their families coping with cancer and the stresses of its treatment.

Finally, those funds that do not go to supporting clinical programs will go toward supporting cutting edge cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital. I hope that by running I will make my own small contribution to the development of better, more effective treatments for cancer to give future generations a better chance at life.

Please consider joining my team and supporting my run to raise funding for the Pediatric Oncology Service at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Every donation counts toward helping these kids and the wonderful people who work with them, and means a lot to me personally as well. As I run, the knowledge that I have your support will feel like the wind at my back.

Sincerely,

Eric

$5,446

MONEY RAISED
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  • Eric Hazen

    $400

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Mankeys

    $200

  • Peter Klinger and Melanie Rudolph

    $50

  • Anne, John, Lucia & William

    $150

  • Analene Pentopoulos and family

    $100

  • Bonnie and Bill Chamberlain

    $50

  • Fabienne

    $100

  • Lynne Stanley

    $50

  • Amherst College Classmate

    $100

  • Michael and Renie Steffas

    $25

  • Natalie Cusato

     

  • Ed and Akane McKirdy

    $100

  • Amy Comander

    $50

  • Jodie Bedard

    $25

  • Kevin Conde

    $50

  • Book club family in Newton

     

  • Julie

    $20

  • Holly O'Donnell

    $100

  • Adam White and Family

     

  • Dave & Gail McGovern

    $25

  • Elton & Kris Harris

    $100

  • sandrine

    $30

  • Go O-zone!

    $100

  • Ed and Laura

    $500

  • Dick and Liz Harlow

    $25

  • Henry and John

    $50

  • Kay Kramer Nagy

    $50

  • Myrna & Lou Binder

    $100

  • Geeb

    $32

  • Stephanie Hazen

    $50

  • Susan and Paul Giragos

    $50

  • Amy Fahrenkopf

    $100

  • Bonnie Chamberlain (Mom)

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Rob Kitts

    $88

  • Suzanne Bender and family

    $150

  • Janet Wozniak

     

  • Larry Selter

    $250

  • Marjie Curran

    $200

  • Laura Prager

     

  • Harry and Maxine Riskin

    $150

  • Weinberg Family

    $100

  • Annah Abrams

     

  • Karl & Sue Hetzler

    $100

  • James and Henry

    $500

  • John & Sherry Mulligan

    $50

  • Tom & Mary Carroll

    $30

  • Dan & Pat McDonald

    $50

  • Laurie O'Donnell

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Chelle & Dan Salvucci

     

  • Alex Huttinger

    $150

  • The Newberrys

     

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91% Raised of $6,000 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

The Newberrys

The Newberrys

2 years ago

Alex Huttinger

Alex Huttinger

DONATION: $150

Rock on, Eric! So proud of you! xoxo, Alex 2 years ago

Chelle & Dan Salvucci

Chelle & Dan Salvucci

For Kate and all the other children 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

Good luck today, Eric! What an inspirational tribute. Congrats on the accomplishment!! Sincerely, Erica 2 years ago

Laurie O'Donnell

Laurie O'Donnell

DONATION: $100

Good luck Eric! 2 years ago

Dan & Pat McDonald

Dan & Pat McDonald

DONATION: $50

In Mmeory of Laura 22 2 years ago

Tom & Mary Carroll

Tom & Mary Carroll

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

John & Sherry Mulligan

John & Sherry Mulligan

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

James and Henry

James and Henry

DONATION: $500

Run, Daddy, Run! 2 years ago

Karl & Sue Hetzler

Karl & Sue Hetzler

DONATION: $100

2 years ago