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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

Leah Vinal-Short

THE STORY:

First and foremost I would like to thank everyone who donated to this wonderful cause on my behalf last year. As many of you know I was unable to participate due to stress fracture in my hip. I was absolutely heartbroken and on crutches for almost five months. I vowed to come back for the 2015 Mass General Boston Marathon Team: Fighting Kids' Cancer One Step at A Time stronger than ever and I have. I’m ready to surpass my fundraising goal of $8,000 and try to give back to the hospital that has given me so much.

To say this year has been difficult would be an understatement. I'm struggling to write this quite honestly. Instead of running in honor of my mother as I had planned, I will now be running in her memory. She very recently lost her unwavering battle with cancer in November. The loss of my best friend has left me with an emptiness I can't even begin to describe. She bravely fought her disease with most not knowing of her struggle. She is forever my hero and I can only hope to be half as strong as she was. The Mass General Oncology Center gave us almost six years that we might not otherwise have had. To be running for their team means more to me than anyone could ever imagine.

I never would have thought that my life would be so affected by cancer; I also lost my father to the same disease 15 years ago this Christmas. As hard as it is to look forward to a life without both my parents, I find comfort in the thought that they would be proud of my attempt to try to make a positive difference against the war on cancer and doing so with something I love, running.

Without fundraisers like these; cutting edge research, new treatment, and activities to help ease a patient’s journey would not be possible. I feel honored to be helping the youngest victims of this terrible disease, the children, and give them the chance for the bright future they so deserve. When runs become tough or I feel overwhelmed it is nothing compared to what cancer patients go through on a daily basis. This year I am running in honor and in memory of all those impacted by cancer. As I leave you, please help “kids fight cancer one step at a time” by donating to this amazing cause that is so very close to my heart.

Thank You!

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL:

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

$10,458

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Aunt Lauren Hopkins

    $100

  • Jimmy Vinal

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $125

  • David Zanchi

    $100

  • Lindsay & Nick Kantargis

    $261

  • Monia Dichristofaro

    $100

  • Brian Bowles

    $20

  • Sara Laliberte

    $25

  • Tammy mcdonough

    $50

  • G. Marie

    $250

  • Kenneth Zanchi

    $100

  • Kathy & Rich Vinal

    $100

  • Steve Shaw

    $300

  • Christine Donald

    $26

  • Lowell Surgical Associates

    $5,000

  • LAURIE AND MIKE MIAMIS

    $200

  • Mrs. Linda D. Hamel

    $50

  • Ms. Wilma M. Short

    $25

  • Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Dawson, Jr.

    $50

  • Kiley Mar

    $50

  • Debbie and Jim Vinal

    $100

  • danielle toupin

    $50

  • Jack and Katie Wasylak

    $50

  • MJ Rourke

    $38

  • Daniel Mansur

    $250

  • Frank Flahive

    $100

  • Catherine Turcins

    $50

  • Sarah (Winn,) Jed & Conor Donnelly

    $50

  • Ms. Joan Vinal

    $100

  • Shaelagh Teague

    $50

  • Kristine Vinal

    $20

  • Monica

    $100

  • Patti McLaughlin

    $50

  • Bryan Toupin

    $25

  • Adria, Emma, and Ethan

    $50

  • Addie & Colin Burt

    $25

  • Dave and Judi Barry

    $50

  • G. Marie/Rita D.

    $250

  • Lynne Haras

    $25

  • Ashley Blake

    $20

  • Owen and Ollie's Restaurant and Pub, LLC

    $753.70

  • Ms. Bonnie Kinnal

    $75

  • Ms. Sandra Schaffer

    $100

  • Anonymous Donor

    $5

  • Lee and Pam Vinal

    $200

  • Jodi (Gallagher) Deer

    $25

  • MAC HVAC

    $100

  • The Jacksons

    $25

  • Dave Short

    $200

  • The Baileys

    $25

  • Steven Davis

    $50

  • Mr. Kevin L. Short

    $25

  • Ms. Dorothy P. Barrows

    $50

  • Brian and Laura

    $25

  • Susan Bourque

    $50

  • Marissa Hudson + Meredith Johnston

    $50

  • Chuck and Mary Ellen Wasylak

    $100

  • Jolene Landry

    $25

  • Sue Barber (Hardiman)

    $25

  • Kristine Galasso

    $25

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131% Raised of $8,000 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

Kristine Galasso

Kristine Galasso

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Sue Barber (Hardiman)

Sue Barber (Hardiman)

DONATION: $25

☺️ awesome job! 2 years ago

Jolene Landry

Jolene Landry

DONATION: $25

l 2 years ago

Chuck and Mary Ellen Wasylak

Chuck and Mary Ellen Wasylak

DONATION: $100

In remembrance of George and Andrea, many good memories 2 years ago

Marissa Hudson + Meredith Johnston

Marissa Hudson + Meredith Johnston

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Susan Bourque

Susan Bourque

DONATION: $50

Good luck! 2 years ago

Brian and Laura

Brian and Laura

DONATION: $25

Best of luck, Leah! 2 years ago

Ms. Dorothy P. Barrows

Ms. Dorothy P. Barrows

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Mr. Kevin L. Short

Mr. Kevin L. Short

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Steven Davis

Steven Davis

DONATION: $50

It was a pleasure meeting you on the team bus Saturday. I was very touched by what you told me about your running journey and your mom. I am very sorry for your loss. You are very dedicated to be coming back after your injury, and I know that your mom will be an angel on your shoulder. I hope to see you on race day and wish a wonderfully meaningful and safe run for you. Steve Davis 2 years ago