Thank you for following me and my journey as I train for the 2019 Boston Marathon with the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Marathon team.
After looking over all the marathon teams I could have applied for, MGH stood out to me for a number of different reasons. The primary reason being my mother, Nancy Cameron. Nancy is a breast cancer survivor with her first battle occurring over 20 years ago. In her most recent and hopefully last fight, in November of 2016, she successfully underwent her second of two major surgeries. After a period of recovery, she then began weeks of intense radiation therapy all at MGH. My father, brother, myself and other family and friends would take turns driving her into Boston five days a week through the rain, sleet and snow to receive treatment. She finalized her treatments in early May of 2017 and continues enjoy good health.
When looking at teams to join for The Boston Marathon, I thought of none better than the hospital that kept my mother alive and gave her the ability to fight another day. And hopefully through money raised I can give back to MassGeneral Hospital for Children to try and help with their fight, so they also receive the best care and treatment possible.
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.