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2016 Boston Marathon - Mass General Pediatric Cancer

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Liesl Grebenstein


Fighting cancer is a lot like running a marathon. When you stand on the starting line, you have a real awakening - a moment of disbelief - and you think, how did I get here? My story with cancer started when I was 13. My dad had a malignant brain tumor, and was diagnosed with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1, a disorder in which patients lack the ability to suppress tumors in the endocrine system. 22 long months later, my dad had gone through chemotherapy, radiation, a trans-facial surgery performed by the heads of neurosurgery from the three leading hospitals in Boston, including Mass General, and was exploring new experimental treatments. 22 short months later, he passed away. Six years later, my own scans revealed enlarged parathyroid glands and a small brain tumor in the same location as my dad's. I too had Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1. I’ll never forget my first appointment with my dad's neurosurgeon, where he compared my scans to my dad's. Or the day I walked into Mass General for my own surgery. But most of all, I’ll never forget the day I was told the tumors were gone. That with an annual check-up with my endocrinologist, I was in the clear. That these incredible doctors, nurses, researchers, and caregivers had given me my life back. It is with pride and gratitude that will I run the 2016 Boston Marathon with the Mass General Marathon Team, raising money to support pediatric cancer care and research. The funds raised are dedicated to kids cancer care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life, advance cutting-edge research, increase the number of clinical studies, boost cure rates, and provide the best treatment possible to Mass General’s pediatric cancer patients. Running a marathon is a challenge of your endurance, your strength, and your passion for life. And, like cancer, when you feel alone, exhausted, and depleted, you look up and realize that hundreds of people are rooting for you. People you see everyday and people you have never met all come together to create a community and a support network that gets you through the sprints and the hills, that cheers you to the finish line from near and far. Thank you for your support. I hope to see you at the finish line!



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