BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I am excited to be running my 12th consecutive Boston Marathon in honor of my son Kris and Sharon Young, the principal of my school, The Alcott School in Concord, MA, who has been diagnosed recently with breast cancer.
Over a decade ago, MGH doctors and support staff helped my son overcome a rare blood disorder and I continue to be very grateful for their efforts. Now Kris is 28 and living happily in New York.
The funds raised will support Mass General Hospital for Children's research team, child life specialists, alternative therapies and new innovative techniques to help children who have cancer and brain tumors. I am amazed at how hard they work, including some of them running on the MGH marathon team.
Thank you so very much for those of you who have supported MGH in the past. I truly appreciate your kindness and generosity.
If you prefer, you can mail a check made payable to MGH and send it to my home at: 87 Adams Road, Concord, MA 01742.
With your support, I will run like the wind to the finish line and I will be thinking of Sharon and Kris all the way.
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.