Welcome to my page! I’m so excited to be running the 2019 Boston Marathon on April 15th for the Mass General Pediatric Oncology team! This team has raised over $14 million for cancer research, care, and initiatives for MGH’s youngest cancer patients. I’m so honored to be running and fundraising as member of this incredible team.
I have always had a close connection to the MGH Oncology department. My mother, Dr. Michelle Specht, works as a breast surgical oncologist and has inspired me through her dedication to helping people during one of the most challenging periods of their life. I’ve seen how important having a wonderful group around you is when going through this difficult time. With my mom, I’ve attended The Couture for Cancer Fundraiser where I’ve witnessed the bond formed between physician and patient during treatment. I heard stories of patients moved to tears by how thankful they were for the treatment they received at MGH. MGH is one of the best hospitals in the country and they’ve been at the forefront of cancer research for years. Funding their efforts helps improve countless lives. Running also has a special place in my heart. I am a freshman at Colby College this year and running each day has helped me during this period of transition. As a former Wellesley resident, I’ve grown up watching the marathon at the halfway point in Wellesley. I am thrilled to finally join these runners this year. It is so incredible that I can combine my love of running with the opportunity to support the amazing work MGH does.
I’m raising money to improve the futures of our youngest cancer patients. Unfortunately, we all have family and friends who have been affected by cancer. Please consider making a donation to MGH and becoming a part of this incredible life saving research. I’m so grateful for any donation you can give.
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.