I am so excited to run the 123rd Boston Marathon to support the MGH Pedriatric Hematology Oncology Team. Ever since I can remember, each April I have made my way to the halfway mark in Wellesley to cheer for the runners in this marathon. This year, I'll get my chance to run 26.2 miles through the city I grew up in for a cause that is very close to my heart. I will be running to raise money for the Massachusetts General Pediatric Oncology Team, whose primary mission is to improve cancer care, research, and treatment for the hospital's youngest cancer patients. Since 1998, 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). I am thrilled to contribute to the efforts that this team supports.
Furthermore and on a more personal note, I am moved to support a hospital whose doctors, nurses, and staff have helped me and many of my family members in truly life-changing ways. I wouldn't be running this marathon this year without the orthopedic surgeons at MGH who repaired me time and time again. More importantly, my mom will be cheering me on thanks to many of those in the adult oncology unit at MGH. It's my turn to give back! My goal is to raise $10K, but any amount or type of support is beyond appreciated!
THANK YOU for all of your love and support - I am so excited to take the streets on April 15th with all of you behind me.
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.