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Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Team 2015 at MGH

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EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015

Erin McGuirk


“I remember your mom said she could walk forever listening to her music. I have always thought, I hope the music is live in Heaven.”  

One of my mom's fellow Thorpe School teachers shared this beautiful sentiment with me, and I've always cherished it.

My mom, Eileen, walked throughout her chemo treatments in a pair of my old running shoes, with her beloved iPod in her ears. And so for last year's marathon training, I stepped back into her shoes. And crossed the finish line with her music––her beloved Coldplay––playing in my ears. I’ll keep going (as my grandmother says, when she’s asked how long we’ll keep our family golf tournament going, which also funds MGH cancer research) –– until they cure cancer.

Thank you for any amount you can donate, in memory of mom and to help fight pediatric cancer. Mass General was a bright spot during an otherwise terrible time, as it's where my mom was treated not only with expert care, but with compassion. And for that, we will be forever grateful.

Thank you,




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 miles. Mass General and Boston...Together We Finish!


  • CC


  • Christine A


  • Jeannine Ryan


  • Meaghan McGoff


  • Jess Williamson


  • Kathy Martin


  • Anonymous


  • Vanita M


  • Bob & Shawn


  • Donna Goldberg


  • The Bishop Family


  • I


  • Jen Mscisz


  • Aunt Noreen


  • Michael Vose


  • Suzy Burke


  • Janis Clifford


  • John & Carol Hayes


  • Pat Wadland


  • Anonymous


  • Bob and Cindy Brooks


  • Bethy O'Clifford


  • Jessica Gonzalez


  • Amy & David


  • Mike Rockett


  • Bernard Finnegan


  • Michael & Johanna Burns


  • Jen Couturier


  • The Harringtons


  • Maureen Michaels


  • Mike & Dotty Bonfanti


  • The Boehls


  • Mike and Lisa Stockman


  • Ashley Glennon


  • Joan Hoffmann


  • Annie Tricca


  • Lamar Family


  • The Ryans


  • Donna Wadland


  • Jacquelyn Larivee


  • the azevedo family




  • The Diefendorf's


  • Wadland Family


  • Sharon & John Jaworski


  • Mike Deveau


  • Brooke Gilmore


  • Patrick & Joanne Houlihan


  • The Hidock Family


  • Jane & Buck


  • Erin Jaworski


  • Casey Glennon


  • The Duff Family


  • Sean Wadland


  • The (Mooney) Kurpiewski Family


  • Anonymous


  • The Cotreau Family


  • Kevin & Karen Cheung-Larivee


  • Leanne Knoop


  • Brian & Corie McGuirk


  • Andrea O'Brien


  • Joe Caparrella


  • Sally and Johnny D


  • Wendy & John Larivee


  • Linda Marquis


  • Ean Sullivan


  • Jack and Carol


  • Doug McGuirk


  • Pat Melanson


  • Patty & Joe Brennan


  • Sue McGuirk


  • Ciaccio Family


  • The Berry's


  • The Thibodeau family


  • Anonymous


  • Mike Brown


  • Jeff Toto


  • Joseph Cap


  • Anne & John Prendergast


  • Erin O'Brien Bulger


  • Doris McGoff


  • Mr. Ean P. Sullivan


  • JE


  • Milissa Oraibi



74% Raised of $7,131 Goal

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

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Howard Weinstein

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126% Raised of $75,000 Goal

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Bryan Rafanelli

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Paul Cincotta

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100% Raised of $37,000 Goal

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Tarrah Zedower

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114% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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David Francis

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Erin Melillo

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125% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Phoebe Yager

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245% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Milissa Oraibi

Milissa Oraibi

I miss you Eileen. xo 2 years ago



2 years ago

Mr. Ean P. Sullivan

Mr. Ean P. Sullivan

2 years ago

Doris McGoff

Doris McGoff

I'm so sorry Erin, I did not realize you were running again! I am not the best at social media! LOL Congratulations on finishing the race! I will toast a glass of Malbec tonight to you and your mom. I miss her and think of her everyday....she would be so proud of you.... love you, erin. 2 years ago

Erin O'Brien Bulger

Erin O'Brien Bulger

For Eileen! (offline donation) 2 years ago

Anne & John Prendergast

Anne & John Prendergast

For Eileen Prendergast McGuirk (offline donation) 2 years ago

Joseph Cap

Joseph Cap

Better late than never! Congrats Erin, Madukes would be proud!!! 2 years ago

Jeff Toto

Jeff Toto

In memory of your mother, and for the many touching tributes you published about her. I hope you had an awesome race! 3 years ago

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

3 years ago



Mrs. McGuirk 3 years ago