The 2019 Boston Marathon will be my third marathon and I am so excited and honored to be able to run to support MGH's Pediatric Cancer Team.
After seeing my sister, Carissa's extremely positive experience with the team last year and the lives that MGH is able to touch as a result of this fundraising, I knew I wanted to be able to contribute! Like many others, my life has been touched by cancer, most recently in my Grampa, who is still fighting. To be able to support an organization that puts so much time and effort into cancer research and top-noth patient care is truly an awe-inspriring experience.
I can't wait to share my journey towards the finish line and already thank you for your support - I appreciate it immensely!
To learn more about MGH, please take the time to read below:
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.