BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
“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.
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 miles. Mass General and Boston...Together We Finish!