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Kate Rogers' Fundraiser:

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

Mileage Tracker: 301

Kate Rogers

THE STORY:

Why am I running the 2015 Boston Marathon with the Mass General Marathon Team...Fighting Kids’ Cancer One Step at a Time....? 

  • Because they saved the life of a family friend when he was just 4 years old. 
  • Because they are one of only nine cancer treatment centers in the US that have the proton beam technology that saved Michael.
  • Because I don’t know the first thing about treatment for kids with cancer but 1) I can run and 2) I can raise money to support those who provide cutting-edge, compassionate, life-saving treatment.  Funds raised are directed to cancer care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.

I am honored to have the privilege of being one of the 100 runners raising spirits and funds for the MGH Pediatric Cancer team.  You can join us too, and you don’t even have to be able to run (though running buddies are always welcome)!  Please consider donating to honor Michael’s own marathon journey and to help MGH save more kids!

With gratitude,

Kate

 

Michael’s story:

In 2000, Jan, my babysitter since I was 5 years old, gave birth to Michael. 

Fast forward to 2004:  Michael is now 4 years old.  One spring morning, Jan is at the grocery store with Michael when he gets sick.  Jan instantly knows that something is wrong and rushes him to Mass General, where he has been receiving care since Jan found out she was pregnant with him.  It is at MGH that Michael is diagnosed with an ATRT brain tumor, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.  ATRTs respond best to radiation but doctors are reluctant to radiate kids under 3 years old because of the side effects of radiation so 2-year survival rates for kids with ATRT are dismal. 

Fortunately for Michael, he was being treated at the original proton therapy center.  When it opened in 2001, it was the only treatment facility of its kind, allowing doctors to use highly targeted proton beam radiation to destroy individual cancer cells while preserving surrounding healthy tissue, thereby reducing the side effects of cancer treatment.  And giving kids like Michael a chance.

The treatment wasn’t easy, but it was possible, thanks to the team at MGHfC.  Today, Michael is a healthy 15 year old.  Those of you at my wedding likely remember seeing him on the dance floor and for those of you who weren’t there, please enjoy the photos on the left from the wedding photobooth.  Other photos:  Michael and me just after he finished treatment, Michael and me at his 5 year survivorship celebration dinner, Michael celebrating 10 years of survivorship, and Tchad and me after we ran the Houston Half Marathon.

Thank you for your support!

$7,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kate & Tchad Rogers

     

  • Shine Chen

     

  • Alison Wood

     

  • Steve Belleville

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • David and Robin Wood

     

  • Mr. Thomas P. Glynn III and Ms. Marylou Batt

     

  • Ms. Marylou Batt

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Rachelle and Zach

     

  • Akshay Shah

     

  • Katharine H. Glynn & Samb R. Clements

     

  • Ms. Cheri Rogers

     

  • Renee, Sean, and Will

     

  • Jan and Michael

     

  • Nisha Thakrar

     

  • Dennis & Erica Carroll

     

  • William J halpin Jr

     

  • Lisa and Jen

     

  • Leela, John, and Zara

     

  • Stacey Kelly

     

  • The Wassan Family

     

  • Jenni Glynn

     

  • Lauren and Cheryl

     

  • Elissa Seto and Thomas Flynn

     

  • Anonymous

     

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93% Raised of $7,500 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

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Elissa Seto and Thomas Flynn

Elissa Seto and Thomas Flynn

3 years ago

Lauren and Cheryl

Lauren and Cheryl

Thank you for running, Kate! What a wonderful cause, and what a tremendous feat. We are so excited for you and can't wait to hear all about what it's like to run 26.2 miles. Congratulations!!! 3 years ago

Jenni Glynn

Jenni Glynn

Go Kate! I am so proud of you for doing this for Michael! I will never forget the emergency room when they came down to talk to us... 3 years ago

The Wassan Family

The Wassan Family

I am in awe of anyone crazy enough to run 1 mile, let alone a whole marathon. This is a great cause and we are so happy to be able to support you in this endeavor. We will be cheering for you! 3 years ago

Stacey Kelly

Stacey Kelly

Thanks for running for M. He is a special young man! 3 years ago

Leela, John, and Zara

Leela, John, and Zara

3 years ago

Lisa and Jen

Lisa and Jen

3 years ago

William J halpin Jr

William J halpin Jr

3 years ago

Dennis & Erica Carroll

Dennis & Erica Carroll

3 years ago