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2013 Mass General Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013

Stefanie Haywood

THE STORY:

I am very excited to be running in the 2013 Boston Marathon. It is my very first marathon and I am truly honored to have been chosen to be a runner on the Mass General team benefiting the Children’s Pediatric/Oncology clinic. It is an amazing cause which supports kids that are in need of finding a cure for cancer.

As many of you know on March 16, 2011, I lost a good friend, Gary Letourneau Jr.

Gary was the young age 13 1/2 when he was first diagnosed with OsteoSarcoma (bone cancer) in the upper bone of his right arm. He underwent chemotherapy for a year, radiation treatments daily for eight weeks and surgery to remove the diseased bone and replace it with an allograft (which is a donor bone). He was a patient at Mass General Children’s Pediatric/Oncology clinic where he underwent countless procedures and surgeries. In August 2000 he was diagnosed with bone cancer the second time in his left pelvis. Again he underwent very aggressive chemotherapy and a 14 hour surgery to remove the whole left side of his pelvis and his left hip. This surgery left him in a body brace, enduring endless physical therapy. In September of 2006, he was diagnosed with Fibrosarcomo in his left thigh. Two years post-surgery, September 2008, Gary was diagnosed once again with bone cancer, this time it was in the right side of his face, deep inside the sinus cavity and the roof of his mouth. Within months he had massive amounts of radiation to his face, had the most difficult and intricate surgery to remove the diseased bones in his face, spent two straight weeks in the hospital and then started experimental drug treatment because by now it was evident that regular approved drug therapy was not working. June 2009, the doctors found another tumor in Gary's head and it required brain surgery.

By the Fall of 2009, Gary's cancer had returned in his neck on the right side.  While that was removed, scans showed that the cancer had spread to Gary's lungs and to his good hip. Every measure to save Gary was taken but after his valiant battle with metastatic cancer in his lungs, he succumbed to the disease on March 16, 2011. Even until the last few days of his life, Gary was asking if there was anything else that could be done for him because he was not finished here on earth yet. Little did G-man know, even once he left us on earth, his presence and his strength would continue to be felt and cherished by all those who were fortunate enough to know him.

Gary Jr. will forever be known throughout Mass General Hospital as the longest active patient at the Pediatric Oncology Clinic. For 17 years he was under the care of Dr. Howard Weinstein and many great MGH nurses as he fought his battle with cancer. They watched him grow and flourish from a 13 year old adolescent to a 30 year old married man. He knew more doctors, nurses, lab techs, CT scan techs, cleaning people, security guards and valet guys than most people would ever know in a hundred years. Everybody at MGH knew who he was!!

 

No matter where or when, Gary knew how to light up a room.  If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Gary, you would know how he never let anyone know that he was sick or in pain.  He always thought that no matter how bad it got someone, somewhere was worse off than he was. He was truly the strongest person I have ever known.

I am running this year’s Boston Marathon in honor of Gary.  As I train for this race I know that no matter how hard it gets, Gary will be by my side. And on April 15, 2013 as I make my journey to the finish line I know he will be there, so proud of the difference that we will be able to make with the money we raise.

So please support me by making a donation to find a cure. So that the kids of today and tomorrow can live their life to the fullest as Gary always lived his!!

 

 MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote -

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

$7,065

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lee Gath

    $100

  • Patrice A Blanchette

    $50

  • Clint & Krista Kane

    $100

  • DC Building

    $300

  • Lee and Dan Wells

    $50

  • Noelle Fraser

    $50

  • Tall Cool Drink of Water

    $200

  • Alex and Ravi Doumas

    $50

  • Maria DeSimone

    $25

  • Stephen, Jane, Sophie and Emily Williamson

    $500

  • Ms. Gina P. Razel

    $50

  • Mrs. Stefanie Haywood

    $50

  • Maeve & Finn

    $100

  • Gary & Chris Haywood

    $100

  • Bill & Doreen

    $25

  • Auntie Judy & Uncle Bobby

    $100

  • Kathy & Walter :)

    $100

  • Patty Cody

    $100

  • Jan Ellis

    $50

  • Arlene Sousa

    $20

  • Kristin and Kevin Compton

    $50

  • Irene & Gabe Flores

    $100

  • Hugo Mendonca

    $200

  • Victoria Arthur

    $50

  • Pliakas family

    $200

  • Amanda Danilchuk

    $50

  • Kathie and Steve Ciaramella

    $100

  • MTS Services, Inc.

    $250

  • Jim Keleher

    $50

  • Mrs. Stefanie Haywood

    $70

  • Ms. Elizabeth Whitaker

    $50

  • Ms. Michelle Pescatore

    $20

  • C. Ramey Harris-Tatar

    $20

  • Ms. Odette M. Vallely

    $30

  • Ms. Michelle Tirone

    $20

  • Mark A. Loncich Jr.

    $100

  • Luigi DePalma

    $100

  • RJ & Katie

    $100

  • nolyn (lil buddy)talalas

    $50

  • julie morandi

    $20

  • Geoff Philbrick

    $25

  • Sarah & Scott

    $50

  • Damon Oaks

    $40

  • Ms. Donna L. Davis

    $25

  • Mrs. Mary T. Clivio

    $100

  • Mr. Walter Emerson

    $500

  • Ms. Erica A. Uliano

    $20

  • Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Woolard

    $20

  • Devin Trabucco

    $70

  • Casey Bagni

    $50

  • Mom&Dad; Ciaramella

    $100

  • Anonymous Donor

    $1,550

  • Ms. Linda A. Roberts

    $425

  • S.M. Dodge Electrical Contractors

    $150

  • Ms. Lea D. Ciaramella

    $15

  • Mary DelPizzo

    $25

  • Linda and Jack Kennedy

    $25

  • Krystel Anderson

    $25

  • HENRY SHEAN

    $100

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141% Raised of $5,000 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

HENRY SHEAN

HENRY SHEAN

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Krystel Anderson

Krystel Anderson

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Linda and Jack Kennedy

Linda and Jack Kennedy

DONATION: $25

Go Stef!!! Your story was inspirational....your heart is huge. Good luck!!! 5 years ago

Mary DelPizzo

Mary DelPizzo

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

S.M. Dodge Electrical Contractors

S.M. Dodge Electrical Contractors

DONATION: $150

5 years ago

Ms. Lea D. Ciaramella

Ms. Lea D. Ciaramella

DONATION: $15

5 years ago

Anonymous Donor

Anonymous Donor

DONATION: $1,550

5 years ago

Ms. Linda A. Roberts

Ms. Linda A. Roberts

DONATION: $425

5 years ago

Mom&Dad; Ciaramella

Mom&Dad; Ciaramella

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Casey Bagni

Casey Bagni

DONATION: $50

Good Luck Stefanie!! 5 years ago