Running has been a hobby and stress reliever of mine for many years. In 2017 I ran in my first 5k, 10k, and half marathon races. I was instantly hooked and ready to take on a full marathon. My goal was to complete my first marathon in 2018, but I had a major set back when I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in January of 2018.
Mass General has taken great care of me and helped me become a cancer survivor. With this obstacle behind me, I'm determined more than ever now to complete my first full marathon. Running the Boston Marathon has always been at the top of my bucket list so it's an honor to be running it for the hospital that helped me through my cancer journey.
I will be running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology Oncology Team. Long before my diagnosis, cancer had both affected and taken the lives of too many people who were very dear to me. My hope is that someday cancer will not cause pain or loss in any family. The funds raised from my run go directly to the care and cancer research for the hospital's youngest and most precious cancer patients. Each dollar raised helps improve the quality of life of these children and their families.
Please support me as I embark on this journey of reaching the finish line on Marathon Monday of 2019 in support of this powerful cause!
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.