BENEFITING: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
ORGANIZER: MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
The 2015 Boston Marathon is just around the corner, and I’m reaching out to each of you to ask for your support. As in years past, I will be running this year’s marathon to raise money for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (see official blurb below for more info).
My inspiration to run this year is a very special six year old little girl, Stella, who I had the privilege of caring for in June 2014, when she presented to our pediatric intensive care unit with a large stroke in the setting of newly diagnosed acute leukemia. Together with her mother, Jesse, and father, Chris, the PICU team and the pediatric Oncology team, we cared for Stella during a very frightening period. With time, Stella’s condition slowly improved and her precocious personality began to emerge. Her beautiful smile returned and her determination to get her strength and voice back kicked in. I quickly learned of her penchant for crazy colored nail polish (deftly applied by her dad) and her distaste for silly jokes (at least mine).
It has now been 9 months since Stella’s diagnosis, and I am incredibly happy to share her amazing progress. She has completed her chemotherapy and is now in complete remission, having had 2 bone marrow biopsies free of leukemic cells. She has regained strength in her right leg and is back to running, jumping and skiing! She is talking up a storm and making sentences. She is back at school full-time, playing with her friends and otherwise totally herself.
Stella's marathon has been a long one with many steep hills to overcome. Not once has she stopped to walk or contemplated quitting. I am truly inspired by her and her parents, Jess and Chris, who have been there every step of the way to cheer her on during the tough times and celebrate each of her amazing achievements. This April 20, I will run for Stella. When the going gets tough and I contemplate walking or even quitting, I will think of Stella and keep chugging along.
Thank you for considering making a donation to the MGH Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program and thank you for all of your years of support. Your generosity and cheering have enabled me to finish the marathon each of the last several years and the MGH Pediatric Heme/Onc program to offer so many wonderful programs to support children and their families facing the incredible hardship of a child with cancer.
With my sincerest gratitude,
To read more about the Mass General Marathon Team...Fighting Kids' Cancer, One Step at a Time, see below:
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team...Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time...has raised over $10 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 the Mass General Marathon Team...Fighting Kids’ Cancer One Step at a Time.... 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. Mass General and Boston...Together We Finish!