BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Dear friends and family,
This year I'll be running the Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Pediatric Oncology Center Team, in honor of my little pal Nick,(pictured here on the left) who continues to bravely battle cancer with a huge amount of courage. Nick suffers from a brain tumor that can be "contained" through treatment but not yet cured. When Nick is 10 his body will be strong enough to recieve stronger treatment which the doctors believe will eliminate the brain tumor. For me, running the marathon is about bringing Nick one step closer to being cancer free and I intend to run until he is cured! Nick is the definition of courage and his family among the strongest people I've ever met.
Nick has been treated at Mass General since his diagnosis and all funds raised will go directly to the center at MGH and have a direct impact on not only Nick but all the patients who are being treated there. The Mass General Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center gives children life and families hope in the fight against cancer. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated.
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!