BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Running the Boston Marathon has been an aspiration of mine since I watched my dad cross the finish line 15 years ago.
At age 10 I felt a pain in my side. My mom took me to the doctor, who sent me to have an x-ray. After several tests it was decided that I should go to Massachusetts General Hospital, a place I was lucky enough to call my second home for the next year of my life.
On April 18th, 1998 I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a bone cancer. A mass the size of a grapefruit had taken over several of my ribs. The day after my diagnosis was Marathon Monday and my doctor at MGH, Howard Weinstein, was running the Boston Marathon for one of his patients. That same day, my dad said to me, “If you will fight this cancer for the next year, then I will train for the marathon and next year we will cross the finish line together”.
After undergoing an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor, I had surgery to remove the tumor along with 5 ribs. It left me with an awesome hockey stick shaped scar on my left side. Over the next 12 months, Howard Weinstein oversaw every step of my care. And guess what…IT WORKED! I was cancer free as I watched my dad and doctor run the 1999 Boston Marathon and together we crossed the finish line.
MGH holds a very special place in my heart and I am thrilled to be able to give back to an important cause by running the Boston Marathon as a part of the Mass General Hospital Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer…One Step at a Time. I am asking for your help by supporting a cause that saved my life and will hopefully save many more children like me.
I hope you will join me in the fight against childhood cancer by donating to this incredible cause!
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 mile. Mass General and Boston...Together We Finish!