I am running the Mass General Boston Marathon team because my life has been heavily impacted by cancer, and I want to run for a cause that I truly believe in. My hero, my father, who was an avid marathon runner in Connecticut, passed away from Lung Cancer in October of 2012. This loss impacted my life so incredibly much, and changed my world. When you lose someone that you love, you develop a sensitivity and an understanding to those who are suffering. Last year, one of my great friends Erin was diagnosed with Brain Cancer at the age of 24. She received surgery and treatment at Mass General, and is currently in remission! The doctors are unsure whether or not the cancer will come back. Erin fearlessly has moved on with her life, and not let it stop her. Her positivity and strength is something that will inspire me for the rest of my days. I had the opportunity to visit Mass General last December, as my company donated several teddy bears from an event we hold around Christmastime. When we dropped off the bears, I got a tour of the facility and healing garden. I stood out on the healing garden looking at the incredible view, and I knew then I had to be involved to help find a cure for this horrible disease. I realized then that even though I had lost someone to cancer, I still took so much for granted. I saw children in hospital beds receiving treatment during Christmas time when they should be home with their families. I thought about what life would be like if cancer didn't exist. It burns a fire in you, an ambition that you didn't know you had, when you think of the opportunities to raise money and support a cause that has changed your life so much. I am choosing to run this raise for a number of people who have been impacted by cancer. I run in memory of my father, John Kearney, and my best friends father, Joe Monarca. I am running in honor of Erin Brugger- the toughest person I know! #Run4MGH
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 $13 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.
This year, more patients than ever before utilized Child-Life services, which indicates the growing popularity of the programming, the recognition of its importance, and the program’s ability to continue to expand its offerings.
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.