BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
This year I will be running the Boston Marathon on April 17 for the third year in a row on behalf of Mass General Hospital for Children's Pediatric Hematology and Oncology team. When I began this journey three years ago, my motiviation was to give back to a hospital that had provided so miuch to my family. Although this is still true, I have been truly inspired by this team and the children that are fighting so hard for their lives everyday. Last year, I had the honor of running on behalf of Nicole, a patient at MGHfC and hope to do so again this year. In getting to know Nicole and her family, I saw first hand how important the funds raised by this team are in helping these children fight their battles with cancer. We are all impacted by this horrible disease in some manner and no child should have to suffer like this. Childrens cancer research makes up only about 4% of overall funds raised and this is simply not enough. Many strides have been made due to outside fundraising such as the MGHfC's marathon team. I hope you can support me in raising funds for this very important cause.
I am prepared to train through another tough Boston winter and look forward to crossing the finish line this year with my husband, Ryan, as he has also joined the team with me. I am extremely excited about this opportunity!!
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.