Since I began working as a nurse on Ellison 18 pediatric unit in 2015 at MGHfC, I have taken care of some of the bravest, most resilent young children that have truly amazed me. Shortly after starting as a new nurse, I discovered in particular the challenges that pediatric patients with cancer face every day. I almost immediately realized that in despite of these challenges, these tremendous pediatric patients would look above their circumstances and progress through their treatment with remarkable bravery and strength. It was then that I knew caring for pedatric cancer patients was my passion, and they truly inspired me to become a better nurse and person in general.
Despite this passion, it did become increasingly hard at times to grow close to a patient and to see them suffer through various symptoms or frightening circumstances when I just wished they could go enjoy a happy healthy childhood like every kid deserves.
I knew that the right thing to do would be to channel my passion for caring for my patients and to find a way to work towards the greater goal of ending pediatric cancer for good! The MGHfC hematology oncology Boston Marathon team inspires me every year with their devotion towards ”beating pedatric cancer, one step at a time!” To be able to participate in such an amazing cause is such an honor, and I will be thinking of every single one of these amazing brave youngsters as I run 26.2 miles on 4/20/2020!! As our devoted heme-onc attending Howard J. Weinstein M.D. stated, “we won’t stop running until the cure rate of pediatric cancer is 100%!” Together, we can all play a part in beating pedaitric cancer, and I believe that day is coming soon! Thank you!
<3 Love, Tracey
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.