As many of you know, my mom had a six year battle with cancer. She died on January 1st, 2014. I am running the 2019 Boston Marathon in her memory. I ran my first marathon in her honor back in 2014. My mom never gave up. A marathon is a small way to honor her physical, mental and spiritual strength. She was so glad I decided to run the marathon in 2014 and support children with cancer. An important aspect of her treatment was the amazing care she received at the MGH Cancer Center.
I now have had the time to reflect on my experience with my mom during her last year of life. I spent much of my time that year taking care of her physical needs. I took her to MGH to have her stomach drained, made sure hospice was aware of her stuggles, got her to the bathroom, showered her and (very important to my mom) I made sure Reverand Dan came to visit. My brothers, Tim and Mark, took a different apprach. Tim would show up at my house with a giant sitting pillow to make sure she was as comfortable as she could be through those days. Mark spent the time talking with mom about her earlier years. She would proudly tell stories, we would all laugh, and Dad and Mom would debate the facts. Mark recorded many of these conversations. I cherish those recordings. From my experience I've learned to quietly work hard but also to be truly present with every person I love in my life.
Please consider a gift to the MGH pediatric hematology oncology team. Every $10,000 raised funds the treatment of a single patient in a clinical trial. With your support, I hope to fund two children fighting cancer. Cancer sucks! Please help me make it a little bit better.