Race day is here! Track me - 29395
April 17, 2017
BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I’ll be running the Boston Marathon on behalf of Mass General Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology-Oncology team and couldn’t be more excited. I hope to raise at least $20,000 to support cancer care and research initiatives that will enhance the quality of life for Mass General’s youngest cancer patients. Read on below to find out why.
I’m creating this page from the living room of my girlfriend Lindsey’s childhood home in Medfield, MA. The story behind why I’m running the race starts here. In April 1998, Lindsey was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer. Knowing Lindsey, it‘s not surprising that (with the help of the MGH team, family, and friends) she won the battle against cancer with an attitude and determination that inspired Life is Good to make her an unofficial spokeswoman.
The day after Lindsey’s diagnosis, her doctor, Dr. Howard Weinstein, ran the 1998 Boston Marathon in honor of his patients. That same day, Lindsey’s father, Paul, promised Lindsey he would cross the finish line with her the following year. Not only did Paul fulfill his promise, but he raised critical money for Mass General, where Lindsey was receiving cancer treatment. Paul’s 1999 run kicked off a family tradition that now runs very deep and represents more than just a race.
Since the first Beggan Marathon, Paul has repeated the race twice, Lindsey has run it 3 times, and Christine, Lindsey’s younger sister, has run it once. This year I couldn’t be more excited and honored to carry the torch for such an important tradition to the Beggan family (or more nervous to be the only one doing it!).
Almost 20 years later, Lindsey is 100% cancer free. Dr. Weinstein and the Mass General team saved Lindsey’s life, and without them I wouldn’t have her in mine. Please help me support Mass General’s mission to provide world-class cancer treatment to Boston’s youth – perhaps one day these children and families will create traditions just like the Beggan’s. Any little bit will go a long way!
MASS GENERAL's TEAM HISTORY
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time has raised over $12 million to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Funds raised are directed to cancer care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
Thanks in large part to the philanthropic dollars raised by this Marathon Team, MGHfC is advancing cutting-edge research, increasing the number of clinical studies to improve cure rates, and providing the best treatment possible to pediatric cancer patients. MGHfC is also focused on the quality of life of its young patients and their families through the child life program, which utilizes therapeutic play - music and art therapy to help pediatric cancer patients and their families cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses.
This year, more patients than ever before utilized Child-Life services, which indicates the growing popularity of the programming, the recognition of its importance, and the program’s ability to continue to expand its offerings.
We are grateful for the hard work of all of our runners and the dedication of their family and friends, as they embark on fundraising and training for the historic 26.2 mile race.