BENEFITING: SOUTH SHORE HEALTH SYSTEM INC.
ORGANIZER: SOUTH SHORE HEALTH SYSTEM INC.
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
Thank You for visiting my Marathon fundraising page. I am very excited to have the opportunity to represent Team South Shore Hospital in the 2013 Boston Marathon. I am raising money to aid in research and treatment for Melanoma Cancer. I have a close friend that recently lost his fight with stage 4 Melanoma. Brian Rose was a true inspiration to everyone he touched. His personality exuded love, perseverance, and hope. With statistics against him, Brian put these qualities to work and fought this ferocious disease for over three years. He left a hole in many hearts, but the loving memories that he created will fill that void.
I had the opportunity to have been blessed with Rosie’s presence for the past five years as he was my bench coach for the Wichita Wingnuts of the Independent American Association Professional Baseball League. He was not only a leader on the baseball field, but was a loyal friend, son, and husband. Brian and his wife, Lupe, got hitched this past April. Lupe was always a hand hold distance away from Brian throughout his fight and gave Brian nothing but her love and support!
Running 26.2 miles seems like a rigorous challenge for most, but this obstacle we encounter as athletes is incomparable to the trials cancer patients are presented with on a daily basis. I am proud and honored to be running for a great cause and man that I have grown to respect and love.
I am raising money in the name of Brian Rose to help launch a cutaneous oncology program at South Shore Hospital. This program will be a comprehensive approach to the treatment and education of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma) and may include some research as it is developed. This program will greatly benefit those faced with skin cancer on the South Shore and grows out of South Shore Hospital's commitment to patients and families with all types of cancer. Through the generosity of people like you, South Shore Hospital has created a comprehensive cancer care service line, bringing a world-class oncology staff, facilities, and service, here, close to home. This includes outpatient, inpatient, and home care, as well as cancer education, outreach, and support across the communities of the South Shore.
Educational videos following Brian’s fight with Melanoma Cancer:
Melanoma is a rare but potentially very serious form of skin cancer. The ability to spread widely to other parts of the body is a unique characteristic of melanoma that the other more common skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, do not possess. This characteristic makes melanoma the deadliest of all skin cancers: it accounts for only four percent of skin cancers, but 80 percent of skin cancer-related deaths.
In the United States, an estimated 68,130 Americans will be newly diagnosed with melanoma in 2010 – one every eight minutes; and approximately 8,700 Americans will die of melanoma – one every hour. Despite tremendous advancements in medicine, the melanoma death rate has remained static over the past 30 years while the incidence is rising. Only three U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved therapies for metastatic melanoma currently exist, and they benefit only a minority of patients. More effective options for prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment are urgently needed.
There are hopeful signs for a better outlook. New treatments under development, including immunotherapies and molecularly targeted therapies, have produced dramatic responses in some patients with advanced disease. Even though some tumor regressions have proved to be transient, these results provide proof-of-principle for moving forward. Decades of research in melanoma have translated into significant scientific and clinical advances over the past few years and have generated much excitement in the scientific community and among patients and advocates. Investigators are finding ways to improve upon these results to combat this deadly disease.
Again, thank you very much for visiting my Crowdrise page and I hope you can donate to this wonderful cause!
SOUTH SHORE HOSPITAL INC wrote -
South Shore Hospital, a dynamic, growing regional medical center founded in 1922, exists to benefit the 750,000 residents of Southeastern Massachusetts by promoting good health, and by healing, caring and comforting. As the largest hospital in the region and the 7th largest in Massachusetts, South Shore Hospital receives over 400,000 patient visits each year. Patients and their families have access to the most advanced medical care through the Hospital’s longstanding clinical affiliations with Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Members of the 2013 South Shore Hospital Boston Marathon Team have the opportunity to support a variety of programs benefiting South Shore Hospital’s patients and families.
For more information, contact Sr. Philanthropy Officer Donna Driscoll at (781) 624-8142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about other South Shore Hospital events, visit our website at http://www.southshorehospital.org/events.