I am so happy and excited to be running the 2020 Boston Marathon on the MGH Pediatric Cancer Team. Fundraising for organizations that benefit cancer patients has really given me a purpose and gives meaning to my experience with cancer. I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in May 2018, and little did I know, it would change the path of my life for the better.
Today, I feel healthy and strong and I certainly have MGH to thank for that. I am even more motivated to train for the 26.2 miles because of the stories of children receiving treatment in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic at MassGneral Hospital for Children.
Please help me to reach my goal in raising $10,000 to help fight Pediatric Cancer. Here we come, Boston 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.