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For the last 5 years, my wife has run the Boston Marathon in support of the MGH pediatric oncology clinic that saved our son's life. It has never been on my bucket list to run a marathon, but it’s now my turn to carry the torch for Caden’s Crew. Our life as a family changed forever on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 when our 2 1/2 year old baby boy Caden was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. I remember this nightmare/day like it was yesterday and will for the rest of my life. We now have deep scars, constant fears and a feeling of helplessness when we hear of another child being diagnosed with this monster. We have been blessed and had an amazing support system to help us get through this nightmare in our lives. We met the most amazing families and warriors who were also facing the same battles, but most importantly we had the most amazing team at MGH who literally saved our child’s life. With all that said, on November 29th Caden turned 8, and thankfully he’s a healthy, happy and very active kid. He still sees his MGH caretakers regularly to ensure he continues to thrive. It’s now Caden’s Crew’s mission is to help bring awareness to childhood cancer and raise as much money as possible to help find a cure. Please consider a donation to help MGH continue to provide the best care for these little warriors. #WeMustFindACure #OurChildrenAreOurFuture
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time has raised over $15.5 million to support the pediatric cancer program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Funds raised are directed to cancer care, research, and 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.
Each year more patients than ever before are referred to us because we continue to be leaders in transforming cancer care for children.
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.