Why I'm Running
Hey everybody! On April 15, 2019, I will have the privilege of running the Boston Marathon for Mass General Hospital's Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team, Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time. Since 1998, this team has raised over $14 million for cancer care, research, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for MGH's youngest cancer patients.
MGH has been a special part of my family for as long as I can remember. My aunt, Ann Prestipino, is considered to be an "MGH Lifer", as she has spent all 38 years of her career serving the hospital. My three sisters, all of whom are currently pursuing higher-level education degrees in health care related fields, spent invaluable time working in the labs and caring for patients. I myself had an incredible internship experience the summer of my sophomore year with the Network Development and Integration and Marketing teams. While all of these opportunities had lasting and noticeable impacts, none were as meaningful as witnessing firsthand the level of care that this hospital prides itself on.
On September 25, 2012, my mother began her two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. From the very beginning, my family was told that the odds of beating this disease were small. However, that never weakened the spirits of my family or the care that the team of providers, nurses, secretaries and support staff provided. My mother passed away on October 15, 2014. For those that understand the severity and cruelty of this disease, she is considered to be a survivor. Although there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t miss my mom, I will forever be grateful for the quality of care that my entire family received during the hardest part of our lives.
As I mentioned, all three of my sisters are pursuing degrees in healthcare and following in my father’s footsteps, as he is a pediatrician. Sometimes I think of myself as the “black sheep” of the family as I have chosen a career in business. Every day I marvel at their selflessness and the impact they are having upon the lives of others and find myself wondering how I can give part of myself to a greater cause. This is why I am running in 2019 - to give back to the hospital that has given my family so much, to give to the community that deserves the same level of care, and to fight kids’ cancer one step at a time.
Thank you for your donations, support, and helping me reach my goal!