December 03, 2017
BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Four years ago, my mom was treated with expert care and compassion at Mass General Hospital after being diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She left us on December 20, 2012, but not after leaving an indelible mark on everyone who crossed her path.
My mom was moments of grace strung together like a string of paper snowflakes. She was shirt-off-her-back generous. She was the kind of gregarious you don’t soon forget. And she was grateful for her life. Genuinely. She was “glittering mica in a long stretch of grey cement,” as Anna Quindlen says. A mother and a teacher in every facet of her life, she taught my brother and me to do well as a student, but better as a person. I will never stop striving to become the woman my mother taught me to be. And I will not stop running until we find a cure for cancer.
When asked how long she'd keep the McGuirk Memorial golf tournament going, my grandmother said firmly: "Until they cure cancer." Twenty-two years and counting. When my mom passed I took a page out of Vanita's book -- I would run Boston every year to that same end. Just two days after Vanita left us I got the call -- you've been accepted to the 2017 Mass General Marathon Team, welcome back. She monitored my fundraising religiously each year, usually reminding me -- "Do you know how much you have left to raise? Better hurry up!" It was her mission, she didn't take it lightly. And when she got something in her head you could just about consider it done.
Grandma, every April, every August... we're going to finish what you started.
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote -
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.