Welcome to my fundraising page. I am incredibly fortunate and grateful for this opportunity to run for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology and Oncology team in my first ever Boston Marathon!
Running Boston is a runners dream, and on my Bucket List! I remember making the trip into Boston with my family for many Marathon Mondays and cheering on the runners and watching in awe! Last year, I completed my first marathon and decided, no matter what, I will some day run the Boston Marathon.
The main reason I am so honored to be a part of this team is so that I can represent my family and their long standing history of working for Mass General Hospital. My Aunt, Judy Newell worked as a Nursing Director at MGH for 42 years (1969-2011). She was the Nursing Director of the Vincent Gynecology Oncology Unit for 22 years. She then performed as the Nursing Director for the Pediatric Unit at the Mass General Hospital for Children for 20 years. She unfortunately passed away from Pancreatic Cancer before being able to retire. Judy was unbelievably dedicated to her work and to the patients. She was highly respected and was someone I looked up to. Being part of this team will allow me to run in her honor. I know she will be with me in spirit, every mile of the way! Furthermore, my Father, Wayne Newell, recently retired from MGH after working there for 39 years . He worked in various management position including PICU/NICU, Emergency Department and the Volunteer Department. It will make him proud to have me represent the family and running as part of the MGH team!
Thanks in large part to the philanthropic dollars raised by this Marathon Team, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (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 to help the patients and families cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses. I became a mom for the first time in 2018 and cannot fathom the burden that these families face from the first day of the diagnosis and beyond. I am hopeful that the funds raised will continue to strengthen the research and initiatives to enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
I am WICKED grateful for whatever donation you are able to give. You will be helping me fulfill my dream of running the historic, Boston Marathon and making a significant impact for an important cause.