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2014 MGH Pedi Hematology and Oncology Team

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BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014

EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014

Heather Frahm

THE STORY:

As many of you know my mom had a six year battle with cancer.  She died on January 1st 2014.  I am running the 2014 Boston Marathon in her memory.  A Marathon is a small way to honor her physical, mental and spiritual strength.  Mom never gave up.  She was so glad I decided to run the marathon and support children with cancer.  She also loved the care she received at MGH Cancer Center.  Below is a section of what I shared at her service on January 5th 2014.

"As we lived together through her final chapter in life, I watched the cancer take over her body...but the cancer did not take her spirit.  The doctors told us in January 2013 to, 'Go home, have a scotch and enjoy your short time with your family.'  Three months was the unofficial prognosis.  We returned home after a sad day and my own spirit was feeling the pangs of defeat.  However, Mom declared, 'I will beat this disease!'  Her spirit came alive.  She filled her days with herbal medicines, more tablets than I could count.  I think 40 tablets a day.  She would joke that we could hear her rattle from all these herbal tablets.  Every morning she would mash up her cottage cheese, flaxseed oil and berries in a blender until it was a goopy gold liquid.  Her nephew, David, came to my house and delivered acupuncture and moxa heat until the house smelled like a Grateful Dead show.

She would beat this disease.

She spent her free time finding recipes that supported her diet.  She spent her time trying to teach me to cook, trying to teach my husband Bill to grocery shop 'properly'...small tomatoes not big ones, asparagus with tight heads, chicken broth with no sugar.  She spent time shouting at my daughter Lizzi to clean up her mess after baking a cake together.  Lizzi usually refused and giggled as flour fell to the floor.  Mom spent time playing cards with my son Will, accusing him of cheating as she would slip an extra card into her own hand.

She would beat this disease.

I love my Mom's spirit.  I envy my Mom's spirit.  I would wager everyone sitting here today would choose Mom as their leader in any battle or challenge!  

We will miss you everyday.  Tim will miss your daily conversations.  Mark will miss your matched playfulness. David will miss the Aunt born on the same day with so many similar beliefs and actions.  Dad will miss his true companion of 52 years.

Mom once read at her Mother's service, 'When you watch a ship sail out of sight, the loss of size is in you, not the ship.  Just at the moment when someone says, 'she is gone' there are others watching it arrive and they say, 'here she comes.'

Mom - you will be remembered in our hearts and souls.  You are my inner strength. You are the woman who taught me to walk into a room and enjoy the moment.  You beat this disease with your spirit, your passion and your faith and gave us all a gift...more time with Jean Appleton Frahm."

About the cause: Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock Financial, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised nearly $9 million to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital forChildren (MGHfC). Funds raised are directed to cancer care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.

MGHfC has put these funds to good use advancing cutting-edge research, increasing the number of clinical studies to improve cure rates and providing the best treatment possible to pediatric cancer patients. But MGHfC is also focused on the quality of life of its young patients and their families. The marathon program also supports child life activities such as art and music therapy and support services for parents and siblings of patients.

We are grateful for the hard work of all of our runners and the dedication of their family and friends as they go through this historic journey. 

The 2014 marathon is going to be one of the most historic 26.2 mile runs ever and we are honored to be a part of it. We appreciate your support. MGH Strong!

$19,300

MONEY RAISED
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  • HTMF Foundation

    $5,000

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Park Family

    $100

  • Bill Philip

    $100

  • Ackerman Family

     

  • The Hurds

     

  • The Fines

     

  • Jennifer Palumbo

    $250

  • Leonard

    $100

  • Dan Silver

    $200

  • Jenny and Tom Seeman

    $150

  • Mike Hamra

    $150

  • Kelly Cronin

     

  • Jere and Steve Hinds

    $100

  • Joff Roy

    $1,000

  • Thomas Grape

    $500

  • Erving Paper Mills

    $250

  • Brendan and Sare Largay

    $100

  • The Freeman Family

    $100

  • Paula Chauncey

    $1,000

  • Tom Litle

    $500

  • The Szahun Family

     

  • Doris and Pete Thomas

    $1,000

  • Linda and Ray Sprague

    $500

  • Carolyn, Tony & Harrison

     

  • Win Brown

    $500

  • Tracy and Josh Cohen

     

  • Craig and Kate Carswell

    $50

  • WPP

     

  • Moy and Glen Johnson

     

  • David Appleton & family

     

  • Kevin & Julie Callaghan & Family

     

  • Nancy Kipperman Bilmes

     

  • Tory & Mike Baratta

    $100

  • The Terry Family

    $100

  • Peter & Amy Barkan

    $200

  • The Spiegel Family

    $200

  • Lee and Dotty Tuttle

    $100

  • Wendy Fox and Amelia, Emma and Finn

    $50

  • Stacey, David, EG, and Noah Goel

    $500

  • Jay and Janice Jester

    $500

  • Mr. and Mrs. William A. Danoff

    $1,000

  • Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bartel

    $200

  • Thelma Pimentel

    $200

  • David J. Moore

    $500

  • Ms. M. J. Parker

    $100

  • Max Brickle

    $250

  • TripAdvisor LLC

    $100

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The Team: $1,133,155 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Howard Weinstein

Amount Raised

$83,280

 

98% Raised of$85,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bryan Rafanelli

Amount Raised

$61,855

 

619% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Paul Cincotta

Amount Raised

$27,725

 

92% Raised of$30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Leeds Pierce

Amount Raised

$23,600

Fundraiser Title

Kristen Bray

Amount Raised

$21,392

 

428% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Heather Frahm

Amount Raised

$19,300

Fundraiser Title

Nicholas and Christopher Bucci

Amount Raised

$18,255

Fundraiser Title

Lindsay Silverman

Amount Raised

$17,389

 

116% Raised of$15,000 Goal

Donor Comments

TripAdvisor LLC

TripAdvisor LLC

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Max Brickle

Max Brickle

DONATION: $250

6 years ago

Ms. M. J. Parker

Ms. M. J. Parker

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

David J. Moore

David J. Moore

DONATION: $500

6 years ago

Thelma Pimentel

Thelma Pimentel

DONATION: $200

6 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bartel

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bartel

DONATION: $200

6 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Danoff

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Danoff

DONATION: $1,000

6 years ago

Jay and Janice Jester

Jay and Janice Jester

DONATION: $500

6 years ago

Stacey, David, EG, and Noah Goel

Stacey, David, EG, and Noah Goel

DONATION: $500

Dear Heather, You're an amazing role model and inspiration to everyone! Love, the Goel's 6 years ago

Wendy Fox and Amelia, Emma and Finn

Wendy Fox and Amelia, Emma and Finn

DONATION: $50

6 years ago