BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page.
A bit about me - I’m Irish born & bred, currently residing in Sydney Australia but spending 9 months in Boston on a work assignment. Six months into my assignment I've found the work experience extremely valuable for my professional development and Boston life has treated me well. My colleagues have been very supportive with both their hospitality and career advice.
I’m running the Boston Marathon this year to raise funds for the Mass General Hospital Pediatric Oncology Clinic. Here's why...
I am a massive sports fan in general, and my typical training is more suited to Rugby than long distance running. When my cousins here in Boston mentioned that a spot on the MGH Pediatric Oncology Marathon team had opened up just over a month ago, I decided to switch up my training and have a go at the institution that is the Boston Marathon to raise money for such a worthy cause. Not only am i playing catch-up with my training but also my fundraising!
I have TWO cousins who've been treated at MGH - one who has completed cancer treatment and one still being treated.
Liam Talbot is now 15 years old, he has very complex medical problems including: chronic arsenic poisoning, Crohn's disease, severe dysautonomia, cardiovascular problems, immunocompromised, and severe small fiber polyneuropathy affecting his entire autonomic system. Liam has been receiving IVIG every three weeks since he was 7 years old at MGH Pediatric Hematology/Oncology clinic. He has 16 MGH doctors who are on his medical team to help improve his quality of life, he has been a patient at MGH since he was a baby. The staff at MGH have become part of Liam's family and support system. They work very hard to improve Liam's quality of life and also help to preserve the huge smile that is engraved on Liam's face on a daily basis. Although his medical problems have become more complicated, Liam continues to become stronger emotionally throughout each medical obstacle that comes along his path. Liam struggles everyday to do very simple tasks that most children his age do without any effort. Unfortunately, his health has been deteriorating and he has been on daily IV fluids to help stabilize his cardiovascular system. Liam is unable to attend his freshman year in high school and is being home tutored and taking on-line high school classes. Despite his daily medical battles, Liam continues to strive to work toward his life goal of becoming a Pediatric GI doctor, and we are all confident that he will accomplish his goals with his strong drive, determination and positive attitude.
Shane King was diagnosed at 6 months old in 2006 with rhabdomyosarcoma and received chemotherapy, surgery and proton radiation at MGH to treat his cancer. Shane's family is grateful for the support that Shane received, not only from the doctors and nurses that treated Shane but also from the child life team, the administrators and staff at the clinic. In November 2012 Shane graduated to the clinic's long term survivor program, marking 5 years of cancer free scans, following completion of his treatment in 2007.
I am also running the marathon in honour & memory of my cousin Darragh King. Darragh sadly had Leukemia and passed away on Feb 28 1986, aged 7 Years 9 months.
Finally, thank you all in advance for your generous support. Hopefully this is a unique opportunity for everyone to support a very worthy local Boston cause.