Most of my friends don't know I had brain cancer. Thankfully, there's really no reason to talk about it. After two rounds of brain surgery and radiation I received at MGH, I live an active life. I work in the corporate world by day and otherwise divide my time by training my body and mind. I've learned to lift heavy weight in Crossfit, throw a mean hook boxing and run long distances. I've mastered every Torah trope and practice them frequently, organize shiurim, speak Yiddish, perform stories live and sometimes I sleep.
The only thing cancer took from me is my left peripheral vision, a funny joke to those who know me well.
2020 will mark 10 years since my second round of treatment and I can think of no better way to celebrate the truly incredible milestone than by running the Boston Marathon for the city and for the very organization to which I owe my health.
When I saw the Marathon banners go up around Boston last year, I felt the pang of competitition to step up to a physical challenge, and when I found out I could run for MGH Pediatric Cancer Team , there was no doubt in my mind what I had to do.
It would be my honor if you would enable me to run for MGH this year. Ask me about my time there and the incredible work they've done for me. Ask me about the other patients I met who became close friends, and the faculty who are to me like family. I would not be here today without them.
If you know me, you won't be surprised that phsyical strength and endurance became a supreme personal value after realizing how fleeting it can be. Please help me honor the organization that gave me opportunity, strength, courage and community. Thank you and see you at the finish line!
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.