"If you lose faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” – Katherine Switzer
“Crossing the starting line may be an act of courage, but crossing the finish line is an act of faith. Faith is what keeps us going when nothing else will. Faith is the emotion that will give you victory over your past, the demons in your soul, and all of those voices that tell you what you can and cannot do and can and cannot be.”- John Bingham
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” - Dean Karnazes
A few years ago, many of you supported me in running the Marine Corp Marathon for a charity that provided financial support to families who have children with cancer. That event was certainly a life changing experience for me and the families we touched through giving. In 2020, I am upping the ante and asking for your help. I am looking to raise at least $10,000 to help fight against cancer and to finish the biggest marathon of them all – Boston. I will be running 26.2 miles to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) in memory of friends and families who have lost children to cancer. I am also running for the kids and families who are struggling with cancer today and hope for a full recovery. As I turn to the young age of 50, I cannot think of a better way to celebrate this life milestone than by pushing myself beyond my limits and team up with you to raise money for such a meaningful cause. The MGH team’s motto is “fighting kids’ cancer…one step at a time”. There is not a more fitting phrase to keep me motivated to reach the finish line and reach the fundraising goal, so please join me in this cause! No matter how much you can contribute, each dollar helps MGH take another step forward in the fight against cancer.
You should also be aware that he funds raised are directed to cancer care, research, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest 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. For more information, I encourage you to visit the MGH website.
Your support makes a huge difference to families in need. It also makes a huge difference to me as I draw on your goodwill as motivation to train hard and reach the finish line. Thank you for your generosity!