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Patricia Kolias via Crowdrise
January 31, 2013

Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.- Napoleon Bonaparte  See more

BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013

Patricia Kolias

THE STORY:

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

$5,306

MONEY RAISED
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  • Gianni, Christaki & Baba

     

  • Little Imo

    $500

  • Kathleen, Tim and John O'Donnell

    $100

  • Judy Deason

    $100

  • Jen Pagan

    $100

  • DiMatteo Family

    $25

  • Nicole Stewart

    $50

  • Andrea Koschwanez

    $75

  • The O'Brien/Boulanger Family

    $50

  • The Molloy Family

    $100

  • Julie & Fiona Broderick

     

  • DeChristoforo Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Christensen/Miller Family

    $100

  • The Karle Family

    $50

  • McCabe family

    $50

  • The Kelly Family

    $100

  • The Kimball Family

    $50

  • The Power family

    $50

  • The Rossetti Schlesinger Family

    $50

  • Rebecca Brennan-Laird

    $100

  • The Wheatons

     

  • Walsh Family

    $50

  • Napolitanos

    $50

  • The Dowden Family

    $100

  • The Knights

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Steve and Laura

    $100

  • walsh-cooke family

    $100

  • Eva Bric-Furlong

    $100

  • Ted, Karen, Elizabeth, and Helen

     

  • McCallion Family

    $50

  • The Wintners

    $25

  • Susan Goobie and Steve Campo & family

    $100

  • Michelle Miller

    $25

  • Charlie, Aubrey, Eric and Azurae Hood

    $50

  • Helen and John Kolias

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Larsen Family

    $50

  • McCarthy Satterthwaite Family

    $35

  • Rebecca and Bob Ryan

    $50

  • Stephanie and Steve Morrison

    $100

  • Shari, Sean & Max Selby

    $100

  • The Hyzer Family

     

  • J T & Q

    $150

  • Matt & Meaghan McGarry

    $25

  • The Lyons Family

    $100

  • The Froebs

    $15

  • The Caveners

     

  • The Dauer Family

    $50

  • Seema & Kishore Karunakaran

    $101

  • The Law Family

    $25

  • Bo and Big Imo

    $100

  • The Fiore Family

     

  • Ms. Maureen McWilliams

    $50

  • Ms. Laura Dike-Miller

    $50

  • Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Platt

    $100

  • Ms. Elise M. Gardner

    $100

  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Digate

    $150

  • Ms. Jennifer M. McCarthy

    $50

  • Ms. Jennifer Olenn

    $30

  • Tom Defranzo's Martial Arts Academy

    $100

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76% Raised of $7,000 Goal

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The Team: $951,779 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Amount Raised

$181,450

 

24% Raised of $750,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Howard Weinstein

Amount Raised

$93,188

 

124% Raised of $75,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Paul Cincotta

Amount Raised

$35,562

 

142% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bonnie and Bob Monahan

Amount Raised

$20,558

Fundraiser Title

Lindsey Beggan

Amount Raised

$18,247

Fundraiser Title

Phyllis Joyce

Amount Raised

$17,730

 

24% Raised of $75,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brian Bronk

Amount Raised

$15,271

 

153% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chris Flagg

Amount Raised

$13,145

Donor Comments

Ms. Jennifer Olenn

Ms. Jennifer Olenn

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Tom Defranzo's Martial Arts Academy

Tom Defranzo's Martial Arts Academy

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Digate

Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Digate

DONATION: $150

5 years ago

Ms. Jennifer M. McCarthy

Ms. Jennifer M. McCarthy

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Ms. Elise M. Gardner

Ms. Elise M. Gardner

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Platt

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Platt

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Ms. Laura Dike-Miller

Ms. Laura Dike-Miller

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Ms. Maureen McWilliams

Ms. Maureen McWilliams

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

The Fiore Family

The Fiore Family

5 years ago

Bo and Big Imo

Bo and Big Imo

DONATION: $100

5 years ago