BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
Friends and Family,
A year ago our daughter, Andrea, was just recovering from her last round of chemotherapy treatment for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. It was an intensive regime that had her in MassGeneral more nights over the course of the six months of treatment than it did in her own bed. A year later, Andrea is in full remission, fully engaged in her senior year and awaiting college application returns.
Our experience at MassGeneral could not have been better. Bottom line – world renowned talent and tremendously personal care. At the heart of MassGeneral’s Hospital for Children Cancer Center are a team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and support staff that are dedicated to curing their young patients while also addressing the needs of their families. Much of that care and support is provided through the clinic, both during and after treatment. For us, the clinic provided that vital connection to Andrea’s team of physicians as we lived thru the ups and downs of treatment. Post- treatment, the clinic monitors her progress and continues to be a huge support in her recovery.
MassGeneral’s Marathon Team, Fighting Kid’s Cancer One Step at a Time, has raised nearly nine million dollars since its inception in 1998. The team has grown from 10 runners that first year to over 100 runners each year. Without these funds, many of the programs and services provided by the clinic that support kid’s and their families would not be possible. Remarkably, almost 95 cents of every dollar raised by the Team is put to use through the clinic’s many support services.
Last year the Team raised nearly nine hundred thousand dollars – this year’s goal is to reach the million dollar mark. The support we received in last year’s fundraising efforts was overwhelming, and we’re grateful to all of those that donated. We’re hopeful we can contribute to this very important, and very personal, cause in the same way this year.