"It's a labor of love. I'm going to keep going as long as I can possibly keep going." -Johnny Kelley, and Erin McGuirk
Friends and Family,
I'm hitting the road again, running my 7th Boston Marathon and raising funds for the Mass General Marathon Team – Fighting Kids' Cancer, One Step at a Time.
Six years ago, my mom was treated with expert care and compassion at Mass General Hospital after being diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She left us on December 20, 2012, but not after leaving an indelible mark on everyone who crossed her path.
My mom was shirt-off-her-back generous. She was the kind of gregarious you don’t soon forget, and she was grateful for her life, genuinely. A mother and a teacher in every facet of her life, she taught me and my brother to do well as a student, but better as a person. I will never stop striving to become the woman my mother taught me to be. And I will not stop running until we find a cure for cancer.
When asked how long she'd keep the McGuirk Memorial Golf Tournament going, raising funds for Mass General 25 years now, my grandmother, Vanita, said firmly: "Until we cure cancer." Before my grandmother passed in November 2016, I decided I'd take a page out of her book and continue running Boston every year to that same end.
Thank you for your continued support in this fight against cancer.
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.