As most of you know, the Boston Marathon holds a special place in my heart and home. I grew up watching my dad run this race, watched him inspire my mom, and eventually inspire the rest of the family. The picture above is from my first Boston Marathon in 1996 with my mom and dad. After my first run of Boston, I found myself working at Mass General Hospital where I met Howard Weinstein, the chief of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Pediatric Hematology-Oncology program. This friendship led to my involvement with the team...in 1998...(if you're counting, that's 21 years ago!)
Since moving to Maryland last year, I have been re-inspired to maintain meaningful connections while forging new relationships. I have accepted a position as Race Director for a youth triathlon that raises funds to support families with children undergoing treatment for cancer (Just TRYAN It), but also continue to feel a special tie to the people at MGHfC.
There is no doubt that the work going on at MGHfC is helping children all over the country (and the world!) to have better survival rates and improved quality of life. And while there are many organizations doing good work, I can speak personally to the impact being made by the dollars you donate.
I am grateful for your support - both the financial support and the emotional support as I take on the marathon for the first time in 4 years!
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.