As a scientist, cancer research is my commitment. From the early days of my training, pursuing the desire of understanding what makes cancer cells a weapon against our own body. Recently, life brought a new meaning to my dedication, when my dad was diagnosed with lymphoma. My strong, always joyful and seemingly healthy father was suddenly vulnerable, and affected by the disease I strive to find a cure for every day. There come the chemotherapies, the waiting, the tests, the uncertainty. “What can we do for cancer patients?” become “what can I do for my dad?”. Months go by and I keep struggling with these questions, until another sudden but great news comes: dad is responding to therapy. His journey is not over, nor is mine. And that’s why I am thrilled to be running the Boston Marathon to support the MassGeneral Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team. To honor my dad, who never lost his smile, even in tough times. To celebrate science, for empowering the medical advancements that allowed my dad to be here today. And to commemorate all the patients still waiting in hope of a better day. Cancer research cannot stop, and every one of us can help enabling the scientific breakthroughs that will, one day, free the world from cancer.
Thank you, for joining me and MassGeneral Hospital in the fight against cancer!
Remember to submit donations to your employers as part of any donation matching programs. Information for MassGeneral hospital are listed below, and feel free to contact me if you have any question.
Massachusetts General Hospital PARTNERS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM INC
55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114, United States.
Tax ID/EIN: 041564655, email@example.com
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.