I am so honored and excited to be running for the 2019 Boston Marathon with the Massachusetts General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time. In my first year of medical school, I was paired with a 2-year-old who had recently been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and over the next year, I had the opportunity to witness the incredibly difference that the care team was able to make in his life. This experience has influenced my desire to pursue a career as an internal medicine physician.
I am now in my last year of medical school, and I couldn’t think of a better way to give back to our community than to join this year’s marathon team!
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.