BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
As a physician in the United States Air Force, it is rare to get an opportunity as great as the one that I have been afforded. I was dismissed from my primary military responsibilities for one year to complete a breast imaging fellowship in a civilian program. I am currently training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. My desire to take advantage of all the opportunities at Massachusetts General Hospital and in Boston during this one year has landed me on the MGH Pediatric Hematology Oncology Marathon Team. Over the next five months, I'll be training alongside 142 other inspiring teammates and on April 17, 2017 our efforts will culminate as we take to the streets of Boston to run the 121st Boston Marathon! In addition to the hard physical training that I'll endure over the winter months, I'm aiming to achieve a much larger goal--to raise $10,000 for pediatric cancer research. I work with cancer patients each day at the Avon Breast Center and I've also seen several family members and friends endure their own cancer battles. It is the tenacity and courage of these people that inspires me to take on difficult challenges. I will draw from the strength of the cancer fighters around me to train and complete the 26.2 mile marathon. Stand up with me and be a voice because kids can’t fight cancer alone! Please support my efforts to raise awareness and together let’s stop childhood cancer!
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.