BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I am excited to annouce that I will be running the 121st Boston Marathon and will once again be running with the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer, One Step at a Time. When I ran with the Mass General Team in 2015, I was able to experience firsthand what a truly wonderful and inspiring team Mass General has and the focus everyone brings to fighting kids' cancer.
In 2015, I participated in the Patient Partner program and was paired up with a young girl recently diagnosed with a tumor on her spine. I was completely blown away by her strength and resilience. Cancer, in some form or fashion, has impacted all our lives. But I think we can all agree there’s a special place in our hearts for children fighting this disease…and those who are working to cure it. This is an opportunity for me to advance the cause of eliminating cancer from the face of the Earth! As a mother of two wonderful children, I couldn’t imagine running for a more worthy cause.
I have many cold, slippery days ahead of me to train for the marathon – something I gladly accept in support of fighting kids' cancer. Plus, it can't be worse than the winter of 2015, right?! Please consider giving to this program and helping me achieve my fundraising goal! I thank you in advance for your generosity.
Additional information about the Mass General Marathon Team below:
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.
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 race.