I am honored (and thrilled) to be running the 2020 Boston Marathon with the MGH Pediatric Cancer Team!
As a surgical resident interested in oncology and reconstruction, I've had the privilege to be involved in both clinical research and care of patients battling cancer over the last few years. I've found myself awestruck countless times watching the impact that each member of the care team has on these patients and I am inspired by the resilience that patients of all ages bear in the face of tremendous adversity.
My rotations at MGH were where I was first exposed to the field of surgical oncology, and I am proud to head back to Boston this Spring to run for pediatric cancer care and research.
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL:
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.