This year once again I am going to be running the Boston Marathon for my daughter London. London was diagnosed with Medullablastoma in March of 2015, on that day our world changed forever. London had surgery 3 days later to remove the tumor that was at the base of her brain. They were able to remove the whole tumor and a month later we started on another journey, 6 months of treatment. London has relapsed twice which has brought my family to MGH. London went through 30 treatments of radiation and had as many chemo treatments as her little body could handle in that time frame. After her treatments were done we had a decision to either go back to Dana Farber or stay at MGH. We decided to stay at MGH because of the special care they showed London along with making us feel a part of their family. The doctors, nurses, child life specialist to the receptionists at MGH make you feel like family.
With that being said I am running again so I can give back to families. Families I may never meet and children that will diagnosed just like London. The amount of people that have helped my family during this long journey is endless. All of the money I raise will go directly to childhood cancer research as well as funding programs to help children going through their own cancer journey. Please help me in my quest to raise the amount I have set forth and hopefully the LONDONSTRONG family will follow through. Thank you to all whom have support my families fundraisers throughout the last few years, your generosity hasn't gone unnoticed! We are #LONDONSTRONG
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.