This Holiday season as Mer and I are training in the bone chillin’ temps and the slippery snow, I sometimes ask myself “Why am I doing this?” The answer is because other’s cant.
We are so fortunate to be able to focus on all the fun of the holidays, but there are many children who will be in the hospital this Christmas, specifically in the pediatric cancer center at Mass General Hospital. This will be happening all across the world.
Since 1998, the Mass General Marathon Team has raised nearly $9 million to support the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital forChildren (MGHfC). Funds raised are directed to cancer care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.
MGHfC has put these funds to good use advancing cutting-edge research, increasing the number of clinical studies to improve cure rates and providing the best treatment possible to pediatric cancer patients. But MGHfC is also focused on the quality of life of its young patients and their families. The marathon program also supports child life activities such as art and music therapy and support services for parents and siblings of patients.
If freezing cold training runs, pushing my legs until they cannot go any further, raising money for a great charity and having my sister alongside me the whole way is ALL we have to do to help this cause, then we WILL run all winter long, and then some!
Please consider donating to our Marathon fund this Holiday season!