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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

Scott Hilt

THE STORY:

I’m honored to once again be a member of The Mass General Marathon Team, Fighting Kids' Cancer…One Step at a Time and will be running the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20th.  I’m running in both memory and honor of one of the most amazing and inspirational people I’ve ever met, my friend Matthew “Swirls” Cirelli.

Swirls Around The World Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/swirlsstrong?ref=stream

This Facebook page is dedicated to Matt "Swirls" Cirelli to celebrate his life.  The pictures posted here are reminders that he is with us everywhere we go.  Remember in your travels to always leave a Swirls bracelet behind.   Please send pictures to Jen Caruso (swirlsaroundtheworld@gmail.com) with a short description.

I met Matthew in 2013 through the MGH Patient Partner Program which pairs patients who are receiving or have received treatment with runners prior to Marathon Day so they are able to develop a special relationship and draw strength and inspiration from one another.  Little did I know how much of a life changing experience meeting and becoming friends with Matthew and his family would be. 

Matthew was diagnosed with Ewing’s Cell Sarcoma in the Fall of 2011.  Over the next two years he underwent multiple surgeries, skin grafts, radiation and chemotherapy, along with multiple extended hospital stays.  When I met him in 2013 it was a time of celebration because he was deemed cancer free.  The tumor returned over the summer, but Matthew beat it once again.  The relentless disease returned in the Fall and spread to his lungs before being detected.  Matthew lost his physical battle with  cancer in December of 2013, but his spirit and impact on the world lives on today.

Matthew taught me what strength, courage, and perseverance really means through his actions not solely by words.  Matthew was kind, polite, respectful, appreciative, and conveyed an upbeat and positive attitude making sure he lived every second of every day by his mantra: Family, Friends, and Faith. Matthew continues to live on making our world a better place because we will all embrace and embody his attributes and teach them to our friends and family, even strangers, by telling his story and living by his example, thus keeping his spirit alive. 

We are Swirls Strong!

 

About Mass 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!

$6,335

MONEY RAISED
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  • Scott Hilt

    $100

  • David

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Aunt J

    $100

  • Sameer Prabhu

    $50

  • JOC

     

  • The Maziarka Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mike Donovan

    $25

  • Regan, Aidan & Maggie Kelly

    $250

  • EC

    $50

  • Chuck Higgins

    $100

  • Amanda Hugankiss

    $50

  • Gina and Frank

    $50

  • The Martin Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Sherby and Mrs. Sherby

    $25

  • Mike Tohivsky

    $500

  • Barbara and sisters

    $1,000

  • Beth and ken

    $50

  • Donahue Family

    $150

  • Jen and Cristian

    $100

  • Heather Smith

    $40

  • Mariani Family

    $30

  • Craig O'Neil

    $25

  • Kim Kapala

    $50

  • Mark & Karen Breen

    $100

  • The Tabb Family

    $150

  • Stacie Phetteplace

    $25

  • Cheryl & Ray Patterson

    $50

  • Brian Kilduff

    $100

  • The DeMond Family

    $50

  • Browning family

    $100

  • Cloutiers

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Stitt Family

    $100

  • Drusy

    $100

  • Cassandra Barry

    $100

  • Dave Burque

    $50

  • Greg Hilt

    $25

  • Gammy

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Natasha Chavoor

     

  • Barry's Auto Sales

    $100

  • Dailin Davila

    $30

  • Ross Freedman

     

  • Craig Borghesani

    $50

  • Mike & Cindy Donahue

    $100

  • Furbush

    $100

  • Letourneau Family

    $50

  • Kelly Hart

    $50

  • Hal, Kim, Alex and Logan

    $50

  • Mr. and Mrs. John K. Geels

    $10

  • Chouinard family

    $100

  • Joanne Caruso

    $50

  • Donny Cirelli

    $50

  • Amnon

    $50

  • Parker Sweeney

    $50

  • Amy who?

    $75

  • Gerry Brown

    $50

  • Margaret Nichols and Kevin Carter

    $100

  • stew mac

    $100

  • Harley Rider

    $100

  • Jenne Beaudin and Bob Demac

    $50

  • Ted Bienkowski

    $25

  • Mike Groark

    $100

  • Microsoft Matching Gifts Program

    $100

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91% Raised of $7,000 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

Microsoft Matching Gifts Program

Microsoft Matching Gifts Program

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Mike Groark

Mike Groark

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Ted Bienkowski

Ted Bienkowski

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Jenne Beaudin and Bob Demac

Jenne Beaudin and Bob Demac

DONATION: $50

Have a great race! 3 years ago

Harley Rider

Harley Rider

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

stew mac

stew mac

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Margaret Nichols and Kevin Carter

Margaret Nichols and Kevin Carter

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Gerry Brown

Gerry Brown

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Amy who?

Amy who?

DONATION: $75

3 years ago

Parker Sweeney

Parker Sweeney

DONATION: $50

3 years ago