Dear Friends and Family,
At only ten years old, my sister Lindsey was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma, a bone cancer. Lindsey was diagnosed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) on April 18, 1998. The next day, Marathon Monday, my Dad made a promise to Lindsey that if she fought this cancer for the next year then he would run the 1999 Marathon and they would cross the finish line together. Although I didn’t know it at the time, that special day changed Patriots Day forever and the Boston Marathon became so much more to me than running 26.2 miles.
At MGH, Lindsey underwent aggressive chemotherapy to shrink the tumor, and had surgery to remove the tumor along with five of her ribs. This left her with a scar on her left side from her chest to her back. I will never forget the times I tried to lift Lindsey’s shirt up wanting to show everyone her scar and how strong she was. I was only two years old when she was diagnosed and I was too young to understand what Lindsey was truly going through. I was not able to grasp why she always had to stay in the hospital and I didn’t understand why she lost all of her hair. However, I always knew that Lindsey was a fighter and I have always been so proud to call her my oldest sister and my role model.
Lindsey has continually stayed positive and happy while going through the toughest of times. When she lost her hair she resolutely wore a Life is Good hat, explaining that “Life is good; no matter what!” Lindsey has been such an inspiration and role model to me because of her strength and positivity through everything.
Not only did my Dad and Lindsey keep their promise and cross the Boston Marathon finish line together, but Lindsey has also run the Boston Marathon three times for MGH! Lindsey has been cancer free now for 20 years thanks to the amazing care and support she received at MGH. I have had the privilege to watch my Dad, Lindsey and Christine; my two oldest sisters, along with many other family members and friends run the Boston Marathon.
I am both excited and proud to be running the Boston Marathon with the MGH “Fighting Kids Cancer One Step at a Time” Marathon Team on April 15, 2019. I am honored to be able to carry on the tradition and support an extremely special cause. There are many other children like Lindsey who are still fighting for their lives. I hope you will join me in my fundraising efforts to help MGH provide the best cancer care and research initiatives for those children by donating to this amazing cause. Thank you for your support!
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.