In September 1970, my aunt, Mary Elizabeth Brennan, passed away as a result of a medulloblastoma at 10 years old. In 1969 and 1970, Medulloblastoma was then an untreatable form of brain cancer commonly seen in children. Now, thanks to research from institutions like Mass General Hospital, children diagnosed with this particular disease have a 70-80% survival rate. In my lifetime, I lost not only my amazing grandmother, Noanie, to cancer but also a few family friends. Fortunately, in comparison to those I've lost, I have known more who have survived their battles with cancer.
This April, I couldn't be more honored and inspired to be running the 2019 Boston Marathon and raising funds for Mass General's Pediatric Cancer team. I will be running the 26.2 mile distance from Hopkinton to Boston in honor of Ario, my 15 year old patient partner, who is a patient at MGH for Children's Pediatric Oncology Department.
The funds I raise will go directly to advancing cancer research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, as well as quality of life programs for pediatric cancer patients. Please consider making a donation and supporting this important cause on behalf of MGH's youngest patients.
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL wrote:
Since 1998, with the partnership of John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time has raised over $14 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.