CALL IT A COMEBACK!!! I had to take 2019 off due to professional growth, but I AM THRILLED to return to run Boston#7 in April 2020!! I feel truly blessed to be able to work for such an amazing hospital with brilliant people.
Once again I will be fundraising for this incredible team (MGH Pedi-Hem Onc) with the best team captain EVER (Dr. Howard Weinstein)!!
My story: A bucket-list item for 2013, that just so happened to turn into a life changing experience and passion for me.
Being abruptly stopped by police officers running toward me about 1/2 mile from the finish, will be something I will never forget. Devastated regarding the traumatic events, drew a deep passion to persevere and return to cross the finish line on Boylston in 2014, and it still continues...
I have grown a lot since that first marathon, both mentally and physically. I have developed some lifelong friendships, become extremely passionate about raising awareness for pediatric cancer/all cancer research and helping others whenever possible.
I met the strongest kid EVER, in my 2016 patient partner and friend, Matt. We developed a great friendship and shared many laughs. Matt has since become my guardian angel. I miss his ever-present radiant smile and positivity. He was the best!!! This will be my 4th year running for him.
Over the years, I have raised over $45,000 for cancer research- but that isn't enough. I am truly blessed by the family and friends who support me every year and help get the word out. None of this would be possible with you all. Please share this fundraising page on your social media or email.
RUNNING FOR A CURE: A WORLD WITHOUT CANCER
Thank you all for your generosity! I appreciate it more than you know...
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.