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February 12, 2012

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BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012

Patricia Kolias

THE STORY:

At first I wanted to run the Boston marathon purely for personal accomplishment, but that all changed dramatically when I met a wonderful boy named Shane King who is a member of my son's taekwondo school. After learning about Shane's story and the MGH pediatric hematology-oncology program I realized the money we raise to help find a cure is the real accomplishment. I am honored to have Shane as my patient partner, he gives me strength whenever my training gets tough. Here is his story as told by his mother, Julie...

In December 2006 our 6 month old son, Shane was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare, aggressive soft tissue cell sarcoma. Until virus-like symptoms occurred (vomiting, unusual fussiness), Shaney showed no signs of the large tumor growing in his bladder. Shaney's was treated by several specialists at MGH who worked together as a team to provide the best care possible. They also partnered with their counterparts at Dana Farber to ensure his treatment plan would provide the best shot at a favorable outcome with the least unfavorable side effects. His treatment included 43 weeks of chemo, a 8+ hour bladder sparing tumor resection surgery, and 23 days of proton radiation. Throughout his treatment the staff at MGH not only provided expert care for Shane, but support for the whole family, including many sibling recognition efforts for Shaney's older brother Casey.

Today Shaney is a thriving 5 year old. He attends school at Ambrose w/Casey and enjoys participating in sports: Taekwondo, Swimming, Football, Soccer, Baseball, Skating, Skiing, Biking, Hiking, pretty much whatever sport is in season. He does suffer side effects (frequent GI, bladder, and bowel discomforts) and requires continuing follow-up care, but they never stop Shaney from anything he is determined to achieve.

We are very thankful for MGH and all that they have done for us since our initiation into the devastating world of childhood cancer. We have pledged to give back in some way every year. I have run the Boston marathon for MGH twice (2008 and 2011), Bill completed a 150 mile bike tour from Vancouver to Seattle in 2010 in support of childhood cancer, and the years in between we have supported other MGH marathoners and/or participated as a family in MGH Four Seasons Run of Hope. This year we are honored to have a friend in our Winchester/Taekwondo community run for Shane. Thank you for supporting Patty and her efforts to complete her first marathon. Thank you for supporting a great cause.


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.

$7,120

MONEY RAISED
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  • Gianni & Christos

     

  • IMO

     

  • Mark Hart

     

  • George Lisa Riley Dane

     

  • Ken Weselake

     

  • Ms. Patricia A. Johnson

     

  • Mr. Tim Sullivan

     

  • Ms. E. Roberta Lee

     

  • Mr. and Mrs. William B. King

     

  • Samara and Peter

     

  • Stephanie and Steve Morrison

     

  • The Stewarts

     

  • Eva and Chris Furlong

     

  • Christensen/Miller

     

  • The O'Donnell Family

     

  • Melina and John

     

  • The Caveners

     

  • Steve and Laura

     

  • The Wheatons

     

  • Callie & Michael

     

  • The Wintners

     

  • Julie & Fiona Broderick

     

  • Greg & Meredith Knight

     

  • The Paguio Family

     

  • Meaghan & Matt McGarry

     

  • DiMatteo Family

     

  • The Molloy Family

     

  • The Koschwanez Family

     

  • The Crafts Family

     

  • The Stathakios Family

     

  • John T Kolias

     

  • Helen D. Kolias

     

  • Ted, Karen, Elizabeth, and Helen

     

  • Seema & Kishore Karunakaran

     

  • The Schrule Family

     

  • Jen and Doug Pagan

     

  • Larsen Family

     

  • Turin family

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Debbie Young

     

  • Shari, Sean & Max

     

  • The Dowden Family

     

  • Jovanna & Graham Brooks

     

  • Rebecca Schneider

     

  • grace killelea

     

  • Susan Goobie and Steve Campo

     

  • Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Platt

     

  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kelly

     

  • Jenn and Jeff McCarthy and the boys

     

  • Michelle Gierga

     

  • Anne Walsh

     

  • Paul and Sonya Lyons

     

  • Mom & Papi

     

  • Paul and Susan

     

  • Bianchini Family

     

  • Ms. Leyla Kimball

     

  • Ms. Laura Dike-Miller

     

  • Mr. Christina T. Kolias

     

  • Mr. Tom Kolias

     

  • Anonymous Donor

     

  • Mr. Paul F. Napolitano

     

  • Mr. George S. Dendrinos and Ms. Susan M. Dendrinos

     

  • Ms. Jeannine M. Barrett

     

  • Ms. Elise M. Gardner

     

  • Mr. Andrew W. Chesterton

     

  • Ms. Margaret A. Sullivan

     

  • Tom Defranzo's Martial Arts Academy

     

  • Eileen M. Dauer

     

  • Maureen McWilliams

     

  • Katherine C. Larson

     

  • Jessica P. Lohnes

     

  • Tom Defranzo's Martial Arts Academy

     

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102% Raised of$7,000 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

Eileen M. Dauer

Eileen M. Dauer

7 years ago

Maureen McWilliams

Maureen McWilliams

7 years ago

Katherine C. Larson

Katherine C. Larson

7 years ago

Jessica P. Lohnes

Jessica P. Lohnes

7 years ago

Tom Defranzo's Martial Arts Academy

Tom Defranzo's Martial Arts Academy

7 years ago

Ms. Margaret A. Sullivan

Ms. Margaret A. Sullivan

7 years ago

Tom Defranzo's Martial Arts Academy

Tom Defranzo's Martial Arts Academy

7 years ago

Mr. Paul F. Napolitano

Mr. Paul F. Napolitano

7 years ago

Mr. George S. Dendrinos and Ms. Susan M. Dendrinos

Mr. George S. Dendrinos and Ms. Susan M. Dendrinos

7 years ago

Ms. Jeannine M. Barrett

Ms. Jeannine M. Barrett

7 years ago