BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Another year, another marathon! I have decided once again to run the streets of Boston as a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Team!
Last year was my first year running the Boston marathon. Never having run a marathon before, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. However, I did so as a way to give back to the hospital that has given me a vibrant, healthy life and the ability to run those difficult, hilly 26.2 miles. Now this year I know exactly how one’s body feels after running over 20 miles. Therefore, I can personally and honestly say there is only one reason I signed up to run a second marathon…that is to raise money for pediatric cancer!
To me, running over 20 miles isn’t fun. But I can also say having cancer, dealing with the uncertainty and fear, and the sickening treatments is even less enjoyable. Because of the phenomenal doctors and nurses at MGH and all of those individuals who have given funds to support research, medical care, and philanthropy directed towards pediatric cancer, it was possible for me to run my first marathon and now my second. I am extremely thankful to all of those generous individuals.
Last year I was training and running with the thought of how it would feel as I crossed the finish line. This year, I will be motivated to log the many miles thinking of all those children currently fighting their battles including one dear 10 year old boy who has a special place in my heart and mind.
This year I will be running the 119th Boston marathon in honor of Alec Hitt. Alec is a vibrant, lively, athletic 10 year old boy from my hometown of Walton, NY. Alec was recently diagnosed with a sarcoma that has required two surgeries to remove tumors from his nose and face. Alec is a fellow Walton “Warrior” and has already shown his courage, strength, bravery, and drive to fight this current battle.
Please consider supporting me and honoring Alec by donating to the MGH Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Team. Funds raised are directed to cancer care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients. Your donations will allow countless children in the world such as me, Alec, and all the other youngsters cheering us on at Mile 20 the opportunity to fight the disease that is a challenge for each of them daily.
Thank you for all of your support! I would love for you to pass this on to anyone you know who would like to donate! Mass General and Boston...Together We Finish One Step at a Time!
All donations are tax deductible and can be made through this secure site or by check payable to Massachusetts General Hospital and mailed to my address:
3410 Fait Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
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!