Hi friends and family,
As many of you know, and for those who don't, in 2018 I ran the Boston Marathon for the first time. While 2018 was arguably the worst weather conditions Boston runners have ever encountered on race day, when you run for the MassGeneral Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team there's nothing that can hold you back (even the strong winds). Mile after mile there were numerous times that I wanted to stop but every time I thought about stopping I thought about the patients at MGH; if they can find the strength to fight through each diagnosis, each treatment, and each day I could find the strength to fight through a few more miles. It's the strength that these patients, and their families, exude everyday to fight their battle that kept me going.
There is nothing quite like running Boston and I am so fortunate and beyond excited to do it all over again while raising money for MGHfC.
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.