Hey everyone! On April 15, 2019, I will have the honor of running the Boston Marathon on behalf of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team, Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time. Since 1998, this incredible team has raised over $14 million to support cancer care, research, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for MGH’s youngest cancer patients.
For those who may not know me as well as my close friends and family, I am originally from San Antonio, Texas but have been living in Boston for almost 3 years now! For half of those years, I had the privilege of working at Mass General. Words cannot begin to describe how rewarding it was to work alongside some of the world’s best healthcare providers, not to mention the heartwarming and lively patients that I was able to interact with on a daily basis.
Throughout my undergraduate years at Texas A&M University, I became very close friends with a pre-nursing student named Rachel Hunt. Together, we would stay up into the late hours of the night studying, drinking way too much coffee, and talking about running. Yes, running. The sport where you may have seen a “0.0” sticker stamped on the back of a minivan in honor of never running a single mile because who runs for fun? But for anyone who has ever ran, you know that this sport has freed many of us from life’s obstacles. For my running partner, Rachel, and myself, running the Boston Marathon seemed like a distant dream. Would we ever be able to get away from the “Hot as H-E double toothpicks” summers in Texas and go up North to run this beloved marathon? We could only imagine. Sadly, our running discussions came to a halt on December 3rd, 2014. Just a few months after Rachel and I graduated from college and one day after her 23rd birthday, Rachel passed away from brain cancer.
Unfortunately, cancer is still a word we hear too often. There are many of us who have personally interacted with this bitter disease, whether you are a survivor, currently fighting, or have known someone who is a survivor or have lost a loved one. Despite the dismal way that we may have all been brought together by this disease, the important thing to remember is that we are all connected by love. For this reason, nothing would bring me more honor than to raise money for Mass General’s Pediatric Cancer team. It is hard to even imagine what it may be like to have a child fighting cancer, but for many families, this is their reality. By donating to this cause, you are not only contributing to lifesaving research but giving hope and strength to all those affected by cancer that maybe one day, we will live to see a cure.
I run for the MGH Pediatric Cancer team, my dear friend Rachel Hunt, Ninfa Ozuna, my Mass General patient partner, little Jane Santoro, and all of those who have battled with cancer. I ask that you please help me reach my goal! I know with the help of every individual who donates, we will raise enough money to be the change we want to see in this world. Thank you for visiting my page, your support and your donation!
100% of the funds will go directly to the Pediatric Oncology department at Mass General Hospital.
Mass General is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and depends on the support of the public. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Our non-profit tax ID is 04-1564655.