Our son, Timothy-John Mathias, was born on March 15th, 2018. After facing complications during delivery, he lived 9 precious days, and then he passed on.
I am running the 2019 Boston Marathon in his memory.
My goal is to raise $10,000 or more to help support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Although our boy didn't have cancer, we empathize with the families whose children are fighting it, and know what it means for them to have a strong support system within the hospital.
Please join me in our fundraising effort by donating whatever you can, even if it's $10, and/or sharing this fundraising campaign with others. It all makes a difference. We were so grateful for the outpouring of support from family, friends, staff, and strangers during our season of loss. Most likely, you were one of those people. From the depths, thank you. Melody and I now want to offer the same support to other families who need encouragement midst their trials. We ask you to join us in this journey.
Much Love and Gratitude,
Chris and Melody
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.