BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Dear Family and Friends,
I feel so privileged to be able to run the Boston Marathon this year for Mass General's Marathon Team supporting the pediatric and hematology-oncology program. Not only will I be able to help raise funds directed to cancer care and research initiatives for the hosptial's youngest patients, but I will also be able to continue my own personal fight to stand up and help destroy cancer.
As many of you know, on September 6th, 2013, I was diagnosed with my very own blood cancer, leukemia. Over the next eight months, I battled my way emotionally and physically through five separate rounds of chemotherapy and resulting infections. In March of 2014, I completed my final round of chemotherapy, and by April I was officially in remission! Throughout my treatment, no matter how awful I felt, I was determined to stay active and keep moving. After learning of my own remission, taking on the Boston Marathon was the next logical step.
I run to fight kids' cancer and support all the amazing care provided by MGHfC. Knowing first hand what this battle is like as an adult, makes me realize the incredible strength and courage possessed by these young folks and their famililes battling this awful and unfair disease.
I run in honor of my best friend's mother, Nancy (#TeamNancy), who is just beginning her battle against leukemia at MGH as we speak. Go Nancy!
Finally, I run in honor of all those who stood by my side and supported/continue to support me in my own fight against cancer and maintaining my remission. My wife, Michelle, my son AJ, and all of the supportive family and friends from coast to coast who went out their way through kind words and actions to help me and my family through these challenging times. Without all of your support, my successful fight would not have been possible, and I am forever grateful.
Ultimately, my success in supporting this incredibly noble cause depends on all of you out there continuing to believe in me. After over a year of being the recipient of so many gifts, so many open hearts, and feeling as if I had nothing to give in return, this is MY extremely small way of giving back. Please help support me in my effort to give back to the kids and their families fighting this disease and help support the great hospital and all the nurses, doctors, and support staff that helped me and many others before/after to beat cancer.
Thank you all in advance for your support, even the smallest donation makes a difference. I look forward to seeing you all on race day!