BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
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.
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!