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2017 Mass General Marathon Team for Pediatric Hematology Oncology

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December 03, 2017

Friends and Family, Because of you we reached the lofty goal of $12,000 set for 2017.  That's $12,000 toward pediatric cancer care and research,  See more

BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Erin McGuirk

THE STORY:

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.

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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.

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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.

$12,168

MONEY RAISED
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  • Janis Clifford

     

  • Michael Deveau

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kathy Martin

     

  • "Grandma" McGuirk and Family

     

  • Doris and Meaghan McGoff

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Stephanie Anastopoulos Fehling

     

  • The Connors Family

     

  • Douglas Wildes

     

  • Christiane and Raymond Bourque

     

  • Sara Padua

     

  • DJ Wyatt

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Sharon & John

     

  • Alliance Bernstein Matching Gift Program

     

  • Erin Lynch

     

  • Kathleen Pieroni Gordon

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Riz

     

  • The Rowes

     

  • Hersh

     

  • Mike Vose

     

  • The Drouin Family

     

  • Maura and Maria Stokes

     

  • Jude Farinelli

     

  • Jude Farinelli

     

  • The Nags Head Pub

     

  • Wyatt Roscoe

     

  • David Hamer

     

  • Tennis Boys

     

  • Jason Kanter

     

  • Ashley Glennon

     

  • Deb Miner

     

  • Kenney Johnson

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Heather Entwistle

     

  • Groveland Shea 's

     

  • Kayley LeFrancois

     

  • Jennifer Oliver Hoff

     

  • Sharon & John Jaworski

     

  • Jason R. Abbott

     

  • Dion family

     

  • Love from Nana Anne and Aunt Noreen

     

  • Jane Colman

     

  • Donna Goldberg

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Bob & Mary Duggan

     

  • J&B

     

  • Jennifer Couturier

     

  • Ciaccio Family

     

  • Mr. Irrelevant 2017

     

  • Ronald Golini

     

  • Lisa Drozdowicz

     

  • Sally & John DeCaro

     

  • Tom & Bertha Shinnick

     

  • Maureen Prendergast

     

  • Shaun O'Rourke

     

  • nancy & frank gaffney

     

  • Collin & Matt

     

  • Wyatts brother

     

  • The Stauch Family

     

  • Jane Baldwin

     

  • Cindy Brooks

     

  • Bob & Jody Shea

     

  • Kim and Jenn

     

  • The Hidock Family

     

  • Buckley Family

     

  • Annie Tricca

     

  • Dayle and Jim Reynolds

     

  • The Calcagno Family

     

  • Brooke

     

  • Patty and Ed Nizwantowski

     

  • Jacquie Larivee

     

  • Jeff Toto

     

  • The Dait Family

     

  • Dede McDonald

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jennifer McDavitt

     

  • The Johnston Family

     

  • Megan Reilly Padilla

     

  • Coach Dunleavy

     

  • Wendy and John Larivee

     

  • Casey Glennon

     

  • Rosalinda Lopez

     

  • Coach Norris

     

  • Dot Chambers

     

  • IBMG McGreevey's 3rd Base Saloon

     

  • Sam

     

  • MMM

     

  • Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Inc.

     

  • Heather Thibodeau and Family:)

     

  • Microsoft Matching Gifts Program

     

  • Alliance Bernstein Matching Gift Program

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • MS

     

  • N. Gibbs

     

  • Monaghan

     

  • The Energy Barre

     

  • Kate Duff

     

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101% Raised of $12,000 Goal

The Team: $1,044,096 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Amount Raised

$99,039

 

10% Raised of $1,000,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Howard Weinstein

Amount Raised

$81,316

 

108% Raised of $75,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Paul Cincotta

Amount Raised

$29,210

 

97% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lyman Missimer

Amount Raised

$25,404

 

127% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ashley Bronson

Amount Raised

$18,083

 

106% Raised of $17,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Alyssa and Rich Maglione

Amount Raised

$16,835

 

120% Raised of $14,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Fernando Goldsztein

Amount Raised

$16,000

 

267% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tim Sullivan

Amount Raised

$15,886

 

106% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Kate Duff

Kate Duff

1 year ago

The Energy Barre

The Energy Barre

1 year ago

Monaghan

Monaghan

1 year ago

N. Gibbs

N. Gibbs

1 year ago

MS

MS

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

1 year ago

Alliance Bernstein Matching Gift Program

Alliance Bernstein Matching Gift Program

1 year ago

Microsoft Matching Gifts Program

Microsoft Matching Gifts Program

2 years ago

Heather Thibodeau and Family:)

Heather Thibodeau and Family:)

2 years ago

Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Inc.

2 years ago