BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
It is with much excitement, enthusiasm, and a bit of nervousness that I announce that I will once again be running the Boston Marathon as a member of the Mass General Hospital Pediatric Cancer Team. Since experiencing first hand the amazing work that occurs each day at the MGHfC Cancer Center, my family and I have been committed to giving back, in anyway possible, in support of the organization that gave us so much – a healthy four year old little man.
In June 2013, one day before his first birthday, our son, Joey, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma- a rare childhood cancer. We spent much of the summer coming and going from Mass General. The people caring for Joey were remarkable and we quickly realized how incredibly fortunate we were to have access to such amazing medical care. Thanks to his pediatrician and the wonderful physicians and staff at Mass General, Joey is doing great and has a full life ahead of him. We are very grateful and blessed. As a result of this experience, our family has a much different perspective on life - enjoying each day more fully and celebrating the little things. We are acutely aware that not every family's story has this same outcome.
It was such an amazing privilege to run the Boston Marathon with Mass General in 2014 and I am thrilled to be involved again. I feel forever indebted to the physicians, nurses, and staff at MGHfC for the care they provided my son and our family during some of our most difficult days. Seeing my little one fight along side so many other children was an experience I never imagined having. It has changed my life forever.
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time has raised over $12 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 this Marathon Team, 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.
In honor of Joey’s fight, and the many patients and families we met during our time at Mass General Hospital for Children, I am running the 2017 Boston Marathon. Please support me in my run and help me reach my fundraising goal.
With much love and thanks,