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.
I started running long distance in 2010 when I ran my first 5K and 10K. This quickly made me try my first Half Marathon in Fall 2010. I have grown to love running after completing 15 Marathons including Boston (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017), Chicago (2013), Maine (2014), Philly (2014), NYC (2015), London (2016), Baystate (2016), Berlin (2017), Maine Coast (2018), Quebec City (2018), & Tokyo (2019).
My passion for running and first-hand knowledge from being a Doctor of Physical Therapy allows me to specialize in rehabilitation of running injuries, as well as other orthopedic and sports-related injuries. I also work with many patients that have fought and beat cancer! This patient population is my favorite since I find them to be the strongest, most determined, and most passionate individuals I work with each day. Currently, I am working with 2 patients that had double mastectomy with reconstruction and are in outpatient PT to build their upper body strength back to normal.
I try to run every-other day in order to reduce the risk of injury and limit impact on my joints. I run every other day after work and have plenty of time to fit this into my schedule since I am training for races year-round.
I have fundraised for numerous charities in the past, and I absolutely love doing this to help many great causes! In 2011, I ran the Boston Marathon and raised over $5,000 for Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team in support of Cancer Research. In 2014, I ran the Falmouth Road Race & The Boston Marathon for the M.S. Society and raised $1,500 & $5,000+ respectively for both races. In 2015, I ran the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge and raised $5,200+ for cancer research once again. I also ran the NYC Marathon & The Berlin Marathon for Team For Kids and I raised $6,000+ for Kids in need of help.
I feel I will be an excellent addition to the 2020 MGH team and plan to raise a goal of $10,000 this year! I would be honored to run with the MGH singlet for a 6th Boston Marathon!
My 98 year old grandmother, Rita, battled with Breast Cancer for years in her late 70's. She had to have a lump removed from her right breast and go through a series of radiation treatments. I watched her battle this awful disease and I want to fight to put an end to this so no one else has to go through what she did. She recently passed away from Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) at the age of 98.
My longtime friend's mother fought an awful battle and eventually died in 2013 from Gastrointestinal Cancer. His mother, Virginia, was 72 when she died. She was way too young to go and has missed so many life events that have occurred since she left us.
My patients & friends, Hil M. & Jamie B., both under the age of 30, fought Breast Cancer and won! These are 2 of the strongest women I know. They are both extraordinary, and live each day to the fullest. They are now cancer-free, working with me as their Physical Therapist, to ensure they return to full function, full-time work, and an active and healthy lifestyle.
Please join my effort to end this awful disease so all of your loved ones can live their life to the fullest!