Thank You Very Much!
May 19, 2017
BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I am thrilled to have the honor of being a member of the wonderful team which will run the 2017 Boston Marathon for such an important cause - to raise much needed funds for the Mass General Pediatric Cancer Center.
I am a Physician Assistant and have worked for the MGH Cancer Center for the majority of my career. I have always been passionate about the care and support of individuals who have been diagnosed with many different forms of cancer. As I walk through the corridors of MGH, daily I pass patients with their families, and, unfortunately, most of these patients are suffering from this devastating disease.
I also see the admirable parents of some of our tiniest patients pushing strollers with their other children in tow, pressing through their day, and trying to remain hopeful and positive for their sick child, as well as for the rest of their family. I think about how difficult it must be to have a child that is diagnosed with a life threatening disease, and I marvel at their strength as they push those strollers and wheelchairs--they keep moving forward.
This will be my first marathon, and I am finally in the physical and mental condition to face this challenge. I will draw this physical and mental strength from the visions in my mind of these parents and caregivers pushing those strollers and wheelchairs--constantly driven and constantly moving forward.
I am running in memory of Danny Haigh, Bob Toner, and Elaine Coliano. They all faced this terrible disease and showed amazing bravery and fought every step of the way.
Danny Haigh ( my late father in law) is missed dearly by his family but I know he lives on in his energetic little granddaughter—Jessica.
Bob Toner is missed dearly by all of us. My cousin Kathleen's young husband was a "Rock Star" in his fight with brain cancer--he lives on in our hearts!
Elaine "Lainy" Coliano was a wonderful and lifelong friend to my mother and family. She was a true fighter and had the most amazing strength. She is daily in my thoughts--so much so that my daughter Jessica Elaine is named, in part, for her.
Thank you for taking the time to read my testimonial and for considering a donation to the Mass General Pediatric Cancer Center.
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.