Patricia Kolias via Crowdrise
January 31, 2013
BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
This is my second consecutive year running the Boston Marathon for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer ... One Step at a Time! Some may ask--" why do it again?" and my answer is-- "because last year's incredible donations from my family and friends made a difference in the lives of so many children hoping for a cure". As long as we are able-- let's continue to make a difference!
My inspiration to run comes from our neighbor and friend, Mikalo-- a cancer survivor and all around amazing kid! Although there is still much more work to do in cancer research, he is a survivor and a thriving 1st grader who loves to have fun. Mikalo inspires me to try harder everyday! I hope his story inspires you too. Thank you in advance for your generous donation.
Here is Mikalo's story told by his mother:
On January 25, 2007 eighteen month old Mikalo was seen by his pediatrician for a routine doctors appointment. When I asked questions about a recent rash and some bruising, the pediatrician order labs to rule out any concerns. It seemed to be within minutes when Mikalo's pediatrician quickly returned with devastating news. Mikalo's labs showed abnormal blood counts similar in patients with cancer. Mikalo was immediately transfered to the Emergency Room where the Oncology specialist confirmed our worst fear. Mikalo had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). From that very moment Mikalo was admitted to the hospital for 2 1/2 months and put on a 26 month protocol treatment requiring high doses of chemotherapy, countless blood draws, multiple bone marrow biopsy's and frequenty unplanned hospital admissions. Each day of treatment was a struggle yet Mikalo always overcame each challenge fighting harder and harder with each hurdle. After 2 1/2 years of many up's and downs Mikalo completed his treatment. Mikalo was now considered in remission and cancer free. Mikalo was on a new road to healing and recovery. It was during Mikalo's last day of treatment he asked me for some coins to throw into the hospital wishing well. As Mikalo threw each coin he whispered "no more medicine" "no more doctors" and "no more hospitals". On that day I promised Mikalo his wishes would come true. Mikalo slowly started getting use to living a new stress free lifestyle filled with lots of hope and promise for his future but six months into recovery and just as the fog began to clear Mikalo spiked a fever that refused to break. It was back in the same emergency room just 3 years prior that doctors delivered yet again shocking news. Mikalo's cancer had returned. For everyone involved it was reliving the nightmare all over again. The oncologist made it clear finding a bone marrow donor was Mikalo's only option for a cure. After many months of searching, a perfect match was found. Finally there was hope again for Mikalo and the promises I made to him only months before. On March 19, 2010 Mikalo recieved a bone transplant from an unknown 28 year old male. Still not out of the woods Mikalo was ordered to be confined to a one year in-home isolation period where he could slowly regain his bone marrow, immune system and strength and once again Mikalo was on a cancer free path. Mikalo is now going on two and a half years cancer free. We would like to believe it was his 3 wishes he made that came true but I know this was not possible without the hard work and dedication put into cancer research to find a cure. Cancer research has made many leaps and bounds from 20 and 40 years ago but 4 1/2 years of treatment for anyone is still too long struggling with cancer. Please support Patty in all her efforts to raise the funds for cancer research so that all families can make a promise to their loved ones that one day they too will be cured.
The Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer ... One Step at a Time was established in 1998 and has raised nearly $8 million in support of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Thanks to the generous support of John Hancock Financial and other partners, we will continue to run until we find a cure … One Step at a Time.
Apply to run on our team today at http://give.massgeneral.org/marathon/join
Learn more about our cause at http://give.massgeneral.org/marathon/our-causes