Running the Boston Marathon is a childhood dream that has manifested in the most meaningful way.
As I got older, my passion for running grew, along with my commitment to making my mileage have an impact.
When I first started working at the elementary school I’m currently at, I met an amazing first grader named Rylee. What a caring, intelligent, selfless, hilarious little boy.
During Rylee’s year in second grade, he was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer and has been fighting courageously ever since.
Rylee’s outlook on life is filled with optimism, love and opportunity. I’ve been blown away time after time with his mature and profound way of seeing the world around him. He inspires me and those around him, no matter how young or old.
I’m running this marathon for the youngest warriors in the fight against cancer and blood disorders. I’m running for my patient partner, Saul. I'm running for one of the best students I've ever had, Rylee.
I kindly ask for your support and generosity, as I train for these 26.2 miles and aim to fundraise $10,000 for the Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Pediatric Cancer Team!
Thank you so much! I appreciate you!
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 $14 million to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Funds raised are directed to cancer care, research, and 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.
Each year more patients than ever before are referred to us because we continue to be leaders in transforming cancer care for children.
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.