I'm so excited to say that I am going to be running the 2019 Boston Marathon for the Mass General Pediatric Oncology Team. This is my second time raising funds for MGH and I couldn't be more excited to do so.
In 2016, when I joined the team for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. What ended up happening was me going through one of the most rewarding experiences I will ever have. Any time I talk about those 4-5 months of my life, I gush. I don't talk about the marathon itself, I talk about the whole experience: the people who I met, the program and what it does, and the training you go through.
I ran for two people - Kate, one of my nearest and dearest friends, and Andrew, a patient at the time who I was matched with through MGH's patient partner program. Being matched with Andrew ended up being the brightest spot of my experience.
Andrew and I became friends, even with big age gap. We bonded over food (Kelly's Tartar sauce and super spicy Buffalo Wild Wings wings!), we talked about life, and I lent my wisdom about going to college. I met his family and we all immediately became friends. Even when I left for California right after the marathon, we all kept in touch and we still do to this day.
Andrew's currently in college being a typical college kid. He's also gone on to become an awesome budding musician so I definitely encourage all of you guys to check him out. I'll be posting about his shows and songs later ;)
If you remember my previous story about Kate, she's still living her best life... smiling every chance she gets and being the Kate I've always known and love. I couldn't be happier for her and what MGH did for her.
MGH changed Andrew and Kate's lives. It offered world-class care to help them get better. Its staff offered their strength and sympathy during what was probably the hardest times of their lives. By donating funds to MGH, you're helping other patients get the help they need just like Andrew and Kate.
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.