I am excited to once again be running the Boston Marathon as a member of the Mass General Hospital For Children's Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team. This is the fifth consecutive year our family has been a part of this incredible team.
As many of you know, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) holds a special place in our families heart as they provided and continue to provide crucial treatment and support to our daughter Lily. Lily was immediately transferred to MGHfC at birth and has continued to receive outstanding care from many service providers there. Today she is a thriving 2nd grader who looks forward to her dance classes and chasing her two sisters around and playing with her friends. The support that has been give to us at MGHfC inspired Courtney and I to want to help others and to support a hospital that has always been there for our family.
I will also have the honor to be running again for our patient partner Nicole Schindler. Courtney and I have become very close with Nicole and her family through the MGHfC MarathonTeam and her strength and courage inspire us all everyday.
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.