In October of 2015, my younger sister Charlotte was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), an aggressive type of acute myeloid leukemia. She was admitted to our local hospital's pediatric hematology-oncology floor with many other children who were being treated for osteosarcoma, lymphoma, testicular cancer, brain tumors, and other serious illnesses.
I'm not a runner but after seeing what my sister and the other children on her floor went through, running 26.2 miles doesn't seem nearly as difficult as what they've endured. I want to run for the patients being treated on the pediatric hem-onc floor at Mass General and their families, and for those pediatric patients who did not survive treatment. Please consider making a donation to my page to help me support this amazing cause.
The Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time supports 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.
MGHfC is also focused on the quality of life of its young patients 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.
I've only ever watched the Boston Marathon from the sidelines of Boston College but I can't wait to join!