My decision to take on the task of running the marathon this year could not have been an easier one. I’m a current MGH employee and good friend of a mother whose child is facing a tough battle with Synovial Sarcoma. He’s being cared for at MGH by only the finest. His bravery and grace, as he’s faced this awful diagnosis, have only humbled me and have convinced me that taking on the challenge of 26.2 miles pales drastically in comparison.
I got to visit him while he was having his infusion the other day. As I walked down the hall in Yawkey 8, I saw the sign for “Run for MGH” and it spoke to me. I’d never felt stronger that this is something I have to do. You see, just last year, my friend Melissa, mother of this young man, made it onto the MGH marathon team. She was so determined and ready to raise money to find a cure for Aaron. But her hopes fell short when she developed a stress fracture very early on in her training and started to feel defeated.
I’m feeling more compelled than ever to do this for her and for Aaron this year. I’ve run marathons for charity teams in the past. I know the hard work and dedication that is involved in reaching fundraising and physical goals through tough winter training. But the cause has never been closer to my heart as it is right now. I believe in MGH and everything we do, and I believe in Melissa and Aaron.
I’m also running for the lovely mother of a dear friend of mine, who has opened her home to me and my friends in the past. She faced a difficult diagnosis this past summer and, through it all, managed to welcome us to her home through stoic grace. I’m running for Pamela this year too, who is being treated at MGH.
Any donation in any amount is so crucial to the research to prevent and the technologies to care for these cancers. So let’s do this! Boston 2019, we’re coming for you!
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.