On April 20, 2020, I will be running the Boston Marathon in support of The Mass General Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team. Running the Boston Marathon has always been a goal of mine and I cannot think of a better reason to run.
As a Pediatric Nurse this cause is one that is near and dear to my heart. On a daily basis I see the devastating impact cancer has on our youngest most fragile population and the toll it takes on a family.
During college, I volunteered for an organization called Headbands of Hope. Part of this organizations philanthropic arm is to donate headbands to children going through cancer treatments in various hospitals around the country. While volunteering for this organization I was honored to make headband donations to the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. This unit is on the front lines of not only treating the disease, with cutting edge technology and leading research, but also in treating the child as a child.
Please consider making a contribution. Your support will help me battle, in my own way, childhood cancers and hopefully help one day end this horrible scourge on our precious children.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and supporting me in Fighting Kids Cancer One Step at a Time.
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.