WOW! Less than two weeks to go until the Boston Marathon! I am excited to get this show on the road after the last 18 weeks of winter training! I am beyond grateful for all those who have already supported my fundraising goals. THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! I am most proud that I have received donations from 90 people! That is impressive so, thank you!
These last couple of weeks I have been extra motivated and inspired hearing about the care and services that patients receive during their time at MGH while being treated for pediatric cancer (many of those programs/services which are a result of our marathon fundraising).
Let me tell you about a special little girl named Maddie.... I was recently matched with her as patient partner to run in her honor. At only 3.5 years old and after months of undiagnosed aches & pains and fevers during multiple visits to the doctors and urgent cares, she was ultimately diagnosed with ALL Leukemia and was rushed to the ER at MGH where she spent 16 days straight receiving aggressive treatment. Maddie still has a long road for the next 2.5 years of treatment but, she has been a champ and her body is reacting well to the medications. Maddie's parents are beyond grateful for the ongoing support, care, services and medical team at MGH!
On Saturday, Karis and I met Maddie and her mom at their local park. Karis and Maddie hit it off instantly and were best buds after one ride down the slide! They spent 3 hours, laughing, running, sliding and swinging.
Maddie is such a beautiful, generous and courageous little girl. I am beyond honored to run on behalf of Maddie and helping make her time at MGH more manageable and enjoyable.
Hello Family and Friends!
I am so excited and honored to be running my 2nd marathon in support of Mass General Pediatric Hematology Oncology team! Please help me in my goal of raising $10,000 toward cancer care, research and initiatives to enhance the quality of life for these young children battling cancer!
This year, I am running in honor of my friend Larry Ross' grandson, Maxwell Murphy who was treated at MGH. This past March, at 6 years old, Max was diagnosed with Chordoma. In April, his tumor was removed and from August through last month he completed his proton beam radiation to prevent the tumor from recurring.#MaxwellStrong
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.