Dear Family and Friends,
I am very excited to announce that I have been selected to run the 2019 Boston Marathon with the MGH Pediatric Oncology Team: Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time! As many of you know, I have had the privilege to work with the pediatric oncology and hemophilia population over my last three years as an outpatient physical therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Children from all over the globe travel to MGH seeking treatment for various intimidating cancer diagnoses as we are one of only a few hospitals who offer the innovative proton beam therapy to target cancer cells. These kiddos are my absolute favorite to work with, not only because they are spirited fighters who are determined to keep their independence, but because THEY GET BETTER! I am honored to be able to witness the promising results of cancer research every day and am extremely motivated to help contribute to this research by participating in my FIRST marathon in my hometown of Boston, MA (arguably the best city on earth.) Each fundraising contribution will keep me going as I train through the often brutal Boston winter in order to reach the finish line on April 15. Thank you in advanced for your generosity, my patients and I are so grateful!
ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL:
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.