Paul Firth via Crowdrise
April 17, 2012
BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2012 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012
HI!! THANKS for visiting my webpage!
Well this year I am attempting the Boston marathon again. It takes a lot of dedication and motivation to cover the rolling hills of the 26 mile/ 42 Km course in a respectable time. The effort I choose to make is nothing compared to that which is demanded without choice of some children and their families - the marathon to beat childhood cancer.
Curing pediatric cancer often involves a long and arduous treatment path - invasive surgery, toxic chemotherapy and repeated radiation. For adults this is bad enough; for children, many of whom are too young to comprehend what is happening, it is even worse - and for the families who are forced to watch their son or daughter go through this marathon, it is a course of endurance.
So I am exteremly lucky to be running this famous race - not only for the pleasure of covering this legendary marathon distance, but also to be able to raise money to help the children and their families wih whom I work. The money raised goes to supporting the non-medical needs of the families and patients. Surviving and beating cancer is more than simply ridding the body of tumor - and this money goes towards this terrific cause.
I've put some pictures of the marathon over the years to give you a sense of the events. Please help me cover this distance again - the run on April 16th is the easy part - its the fundrasing for the $5 000 that is tough!
I'll put up some links ot one of my patients in a few days time - please visit again!
Update - Hours to go.....
Well only hours to go to the start of the marathon. My family just came back from the MGH pre-race dinner where the patients who are paired with runners are mentioned. It is very moving to see up close what this fundraising is all about - the families and children who go though the ordeal of childhood cancer. Very motivating and very humbling to see the tremendous strength and endurance of these special people.
I'm running specifically as a tribute to Natalie Cohen - a young girl from Cape Town who was one of my patients last year. She overcame an incredible challenge of a massive bone tumor in her chest, requiring multiple major operations that had never been performed previously. You can see her story at: http://www.nataliescircleoflove.org/follow-natalies-journey/2012/04/15/dr-paul/
My bib number is 25446 - you can track my progress every 5 km on line, by email or text. I expect to start at 11 am EST, and take about 4 hours. The website is http://www.baa.org/ - register on the day. Watch your investment in action LIVE! (I'll be right behind the Kenyans....)
Thanks so much for making this happen!! I really appreciate the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon - thanks for giving me the experience, and for helping these fantastic families. Running 42.2 K is not too tough - raising $5K is much more challenging. I will do the jogging but you have done the harder and more productive part - raising the money for a great cause. Thanks
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 about the causes we support and the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MGHfC at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children web site.