I'm so happy to announce that I’ll be running the 2019 Boston Marathon as part of MGH's pediatric hematology-oncology team, raising vital funds that are directed to cancer care, research, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
I also run in honor of my niece Erin, who was diagnosed with Wilms' Tumor in January 2017, at just five years old. Following extensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgeries to remove tumors and her kidney, along with a stem cell transplant, Erin has been in remission since February 2018.
Seeing the incredibly traumatic and difficult journey this was for Erin, her parents, her sisters and everyone who loves her, it was a personal look at the impact of childhood cancer. No family should ever have to face this battle.
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).
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 MGH because they continue to be leaders in transforming cancer care for children.
We are truly grateful for your support!
Please take a moment to watch Erin's journey attached here or paste the link below into YouTube:
Let’s make a difference!