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April 04, 2012

This is Erik West hugging me on mile 20 of the Boston Marathon in 2009. I ran it in his honor.  See more

BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012

John Feloni

THE STORY:

JOHN FELONI WROTE:

This is my fourth Boston Marathon on the Mass General Marathon Team. I ran in 1998, 2001 and 2009. In 2009 I ran in honor of Erik West, a 16 year old who had Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. The photo I have on this page is Erik hugging me on mile 20. He had just had chemotherapy, was cold and weak and his mother wanted to get him home, but he wouldn't go. He was worried about me since it was late in the day, I was 50 years old, not a runner and did minimal training because of injuries. He thought I might have collapsed or whatever and was very concerned.. But he also believed in me. He really did. Well, I finally made it to where he was.Our eyes met, his face glowed, and he jumped off the curb and ran out to me. He hugged me hard and said he was glad to see I was OK. What a soul! What an exceptional human being! He became my hero.

Well...Erik passed away last May and I am running in his memory and rasing money for children's cancer at the Mass General Hospital in his name. I ask that you support this cause with whatever you can. It is such a wonderful group of people doing extraordinary work for children with cancer and their families. And the doctor that runs it, Dr. Weinstein, is just a truly remarkable person...one of the finest people I have ever met.

NOTE:

Preparing for this Marathon has been very difficult for me. Actually impossible. As a matter of fact I had dropped out  of the race because my spine (discs) problems exacerbated to where my left leg goes numb (after about 100 yards)...making it impossible to train.

Three weeks ago I got an MRI and an Electromygraphy to see the extent of the damage. I have 3 herniated discs and a nerve that is being pinched causing my left leg to go numb and floppy.

BUT I HAVE TO RUN THIS RACE FOR ERIK AND THE CHILDREN! My problems are a joke compared to what these kids and their families go through.

I AM RUNNING! I am taking a steroid to calm down the pinched nerve issue that is numbing my leg. I will make it across the finish line if I have to crawl and if it takes me 20 hours. Help me support this program for the kids. Please.

THANK YOU!

John

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote -

About the Marathon Team

Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock Financial, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised over $6.7 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. Apply to run on the 2012 Mass General Marathon Team today!

Patient-Partner Program

The MassGeneral Marathon Team is centered around the Marathon Patient-Partner Program, in which runners are paired with patients undergoing cancer treatment at MGHfC. When our runners set out on Boston’s grueling 26.2-mile course, they not only raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research; they inspire and bring hope to the youngest patients we serve.

Last year, 50 children undergoing treatment were paired with Mass General runners. Some runners take part to support young patients they already know and love while others bond with a courageous child they have never met through the Patient-Partner Program. At an emotional pre-race pasta party and ceremony on the night preceding the marathon, runners presented a medal of honor to their patient-partner. It symbolizes a shared personal commitment in the fight against pediatric cancer, and represents all the hope we have that our efforts at Mass General will lead to a cure for this devastating disease.

The Child-Life Program

The Child-Life Program within the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC benefits every year from the funds raised by the Marathon Team. The program utilizes therapeutic play — including music and art therapy, massage and acupuncture — 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, an indication of the growing popularity of the programming, the recognition of its importance and the program’s ability to continue to expand its offerings — thanks in large part to philanthropic dollars.

Learn More

Learn more about the causes we support and the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MGHfC at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children web site.

$285

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anne

    $100

  • Sandra & Cheryl

    $100

  • Joe & Daria

    $50

  • Dean Saluti and Marjorie Cahn

    $25

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5% Raised of$6,000 Goal

The Team: $707,429 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Howard Weinstein

Amount Raised

$86,257

 

86% Raised of$100,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Amount Raised

$15,281

 

2% Raised of$1,000,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Zita Mulligan

Amount Raised

$12,656

Fundraiser Title

Charles Gillis

Amount Raised

$11,755

Fundraiser Title

Sarah and Patricia Psutka

Amount Raised

$11,418

 

114% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Steven Davis

Amount Raised

$10,686

 

107% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nicholas Elfner

Amount Raised

$9,397

 

188% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Smita Sihag

Amount Raised

$9,111

 

91% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Dean Saluti and Marjorie Cahn

Dean Saluti and Marjorie Cahn

DONATION: $25

Thank you John Feloni for your dedication and commitment! 7 years ago

Joe & Daria

Joe & Daria

DONATION: $50

7 years ago

Sandra & Cheryl

Sandra & Cheryl

DONATION: $100

In Memory of Erik West 7 years ago

Anne

Anne

DONATION: $100

7 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

In memory of Erik 7 years ago