Thank you for visiting my page! For those of you who don’t know, I am running with the Mass General Boston Marathon team because my life has been heavily impacted by cancer. I picked up running, after losing my father in October of 2012 from cancer. The loss impacted my life so much and changed my world. When you lose someone you love, you develop a sensitivity and an understanding to those who are suffering. Loss, as well as sickness, adds so much anxiety to people’s lives, and running is one way that I am able to help work out some of my sometimes crippling anxiety. I also run in honor of one of my friends, Erin Brugger, who was diagnosed with Brain Cancer at the age of 24. She received surgery and treatment at Mess General and is in remission. Erin’s strength and fearlessness continues to inspire me. She is an incredible person and I’m lucky enough to call her a friend. I was introduced to MGH via work, and had the opportunity to take a tour of their facility. I was brought out to the healing garden, which has incredible views of the Charles River and the skyline of Boston. In that moment, I knew I had to be involved in this meaningful cause. I constantly think about what life would be like if cancer didn’t exist. It burns a fire in you, an ambition you didn’t know you had, when you think of the opportunities to raise money and support a cause that has changed your life so much. I run in memory of my father, John Kearney, and my best friend’s father, Joe Monarca. I am running in honor of Erin Brugger- the toughest person I know! #Run4MGH!
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.