Running a marathon is a challenging task to take on but when supporting a cause that you are passionate about, the reward of making a difference is worth the 26.2 miles. As a nursing student and college soccer athlete at Northeastern University in the heart of Boston, cheering on the runners as they make their way across the Boylston Street finish line was my favorite event to attend. Their ability to accomplish something so meaningful motivated me to want to run the marathon someday. Since graduating and gaining a few years of nursing experience, my desire to run continues to grow even stronger. As a pediatric nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, I have been exposed to a wide range of diagnoses; but after having the privilege of caring for pediatric oncology children within the last couple of years, they hold a very special place in my heart.
Being selected to be apart of the MGH Pediatric Hematology Oncology Boston Marathon Team allows me to greatly exceed the minimum fundraising requirement, giving back to the children and their families who deserve it the most. These amazing children have inspired me to be the absolute best pediatric nurse, and individual, that I can be; there isn’t enough I could do to show them my appreciation for the positive impact they have had on me. I strive to be a part of something bigger than myself and go the distance some children do not have the ability to do. My passion is to continue to give hope to those affected and to make a difference in their world. Massachusetts General Hospital has given me the opportunity to live out my dream of being a pediatric nurse, and giving back to special patients and their families is worth every step.
I greatly appreciate any donation made on behalf of the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Cancer 2020 Boston Marathon Team. I look forward to the opportunity to honor and inspire these children in their battle, as I fight to the finish line on Boylston Street on April 20th, 2020.
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 hematology-oncology 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.