Last year I completed my 27th Boston Marathon. It was my most challenging marathon due to the torrential rain and wind but surprisingly I felt pretty good crossing the finish line. Because of your generosity, I had another great year of fundraising. I continue to be very proud of our dedicated runners who have helped to raise over 14 million dollars since we began our marathon program in 1998. My pediatric oncology staff and all of our patients and their families are so grateful for everything our marathon team does to support our efforts to increase the cure rates and improve the quality of life for children with cancer. I hope that I am able to continue my marathon running and fundraising until we have reached our goal of curing 100% of children with cancer. My orthopedic surgeon who operated on my knee isn't in total agreement with my plans.
Each year I dedicate my marathon run to one of my new patients. Last year, I ran for Joseph. Joseph is a 6-year-old boy who completed his first of three years of chemotherapy for leukemia this past summer. He is happy, healthy, and a bundle of energy. Everyone in the clinic looks forward to seeing Joseph.
This year I will be running in honor of Cris who is 6 years old and was diagnosed with leukemia this past July. He is a soft spoken, gentle, and smart little boy who keeps us on our toes with his questions. Cris is doing well and loves first grade. He is very excited about being my patient partner.
Thank you again for your support and confidence in our work. Our patients and families thank you for your kindness and generosity. You can sponsor me online or make a check payable to the MassGeneral Hospital and mail it to me at: Pedi. Hem. -Onc., MassGeneral Hospital for Children - 55 Fruit Street, Yawkey 8B, Boston, MA 02114.
Best wishes and I hope to see you at Mile 20 on April 15, 2019.