The Caring For A Cure team at the 2016 Boston Marathon

Caring For A Cure

Caring For A Cure was founded by the nurses of the Mass General Adult Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant program with a goal to improve the journey of patients and families with cancer through research, resources, and awareness.

Overview

For Patients. For Families. For Research. For a Cure.

Caring For A Cure was founded in 2011 by the nurses of the Adult Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant program at Mass General with a goal to improve the journey of patients and families with cancer through research, resources, and awareness. In five years, we’ve raised close to $300,000.

The funds raised have been directed to things both big and small – from flying in a bone marrow donor from halfway around the world, to making sure patients with a new diagnosis of leukemia have real tissues, to ensuring caregivers are cared for.

Our Mission

Our goal to ease the journey and uplift the spirits of our patients and their families through support, connections and research.

  • For Patients - At the core of our mission is our patients. We continuously seek opportunities both small and large to make their journey easier and uplift spirits.
  • For Families - Families support our patients and are incredibly important to us. Recognizing that this is a journey for patients and those who walk beside them, we aim to support and recognize their integral role.
  • For Research - Research leads to innovations that help our patients recover faster and moves us toward a cure. We are incredibly lucky to be based at Mass General, surrounded by an incredible research team both here and across the river.
  • For a Cure - We'd love it if we could play even a small part in curing this disease. We'd happily move on to something else and fundraise for another worthy cause.

 

Caring For A Cure is done on the nurses’ own time, but has impact far beyond what the group had dreamed.

Meet the Team

Caring For A Cure Leadership

    • Molly Higgins, RN

      Oncology Nurse, Mass General Cancer Center
      Co-Founder and Director, Caring For A Cure

      A New Hampshire native, Molly graduated with a BSN from UNH. She explored the West Coast as a travel nurse before finally landing back in New England. Her career at MGH started as a travel nurse on Ellison 14 in 2007 and we never let her leave. She's now works nights when she isn't home with her two children, Dawson and Flynn. Molly thinks big. Big gives, big events and big ideas. Her talent is helping us grow and expand our reach – through bigger fundraisers, outreach and most importantly, bigger things for our patients and families.

      With the help of Jess Kensky, Molly coordinated the first Caring For A Cure Marathon Team and completed the course with the "Boston Babes" in honor of Jess and our patients. The team's success was highlighted throughout the MGH community and proven to be our largest fundraiser to date. She is lovingly referred to as "Oprah" for her giving nature!


  • Sara Stevens, NP

    Oncology Nurse, Mass General Cancer Center
    Director, Caring For A Cure

    Raised in Pennsylvania, Sara started as a staff nurse on Ellison 14 in 2010 after graduating from Boston College. She worked as an inpatient oncology nurse practitioner on Lunder 9 and 10 and now is with the Thoracic Oncology group. Mom to three, Jack, Kate and Will, Sara works to keep us connected and updated through social media. She is behind our recent push to share all the incredible things we’ve had the opportunity to do. We're incredibly proud of the fact that The Boston Globe listed her as one of their runners to watch at the 2016 Marathon. Sara’s known as our IT guru - she’s got the skill and patience to make sure we keep our social media updated!


  • Christine Weiand, RN

    Oncology Nurse, Mass General Cancer Center
    Co-Founder and Director, Caring For A Cure

    Originally from Marshfield, Massachusetts, Christine studied Nursing at Saint Anselm College before beginning her career on the inpatient BMT/Leukemia floor in 2006. Her love for oncology patients has kept her there ten years later. When not at work, she’s taking care of her dog Gidget, shopping or watching sports.

    Whether it’s wrangling high school students, an array of runners/walkers or 500 bananas and water bottles, Christine is the brains behind our inaugural annual event, the Marshfield 5k. She manages it all. Now held in the fall, this event brings together over 200 of our nearest and dearest. Christine is our rational thinker - known by us as our voice of reason!


  • Laura White, RN

    Oncology Nurse, Mass General Cancer Center
    Co-Founder and Director, Caring For A Cure

    Hailing from North of the Border (Canada that is) where she attended Queen's University, Laura’s MGH career started on Ellison 14 in 2007. She worked as an outpatient BMT/Leukemia staff nurse on Cox 1 before becoming the Nurse Director. Currently she works as a Nursing Practice Specialist on Yawkey 8E.

    Need a wedding during Snowmageddon 2015? 575 fleeces sold and delivered in two months? 4,000 pairs of Blings? Or flowers for 350 guests? She’s on it with ribbon and a monogram. This is why we call her Martha.

Our Work

What We Fund

Gives
These are the opportunities that we seek to make the journey easier for our patients and their families. Examples include: necessities like parking, gas, money, help with groceries, fun/respite things like sending a family out to dinner and the movies, spa days, birthday or anniversary celebrations, or a night out in a hotel. View some of our Gives below:

Research
For 2016, we are excited to announce that Caring For A Cure will help support the following research initiatives:

        • We will help support the time and effort that oncology biostatisticians will put forth to the essential process of designing promising clinical trials and interpreting patient data for our research efforts in the leukemia program here at Mass General.
          Amir Fathi, MD

          "The leukemia clinical research program focuses on developing translational projects to discover new targets for therapy and launching early-phase trials of novel agents in acute leukemias and other bone marrow malignancies. We currently have multiple clinical trials available for patients with these challenging conditions, including those studying antibody drug conjugates, FLT3 inhibitors, IDH inhibitors, and CAR-T technologies. We also have a markedly expanded institutional leukemia database, and regularly engage in IRB-approved retrospective studies of acute leukemia. We frequently present at national meetings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Society of Hematology (ASH), and publish our research in prominent and well-respected journals. We always seek to make a meaningful academic and research contribution to our field, but most importantly, to improve the clinical outcomes of our patients, the main focus of all of our efforts." - Dr. Amir Fathi
Jessica Driscoll, DNP, ANP-BC
      • We are funding a caregiver study by Jessica Driscoll, DNP, ANP-BC, one of our Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse Practitioners! Jessica completed her doctoral research focused on how patients cope with moderate – severe chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD). Throughout the work and during the analysis, it became apparent that there was a clear indication to further explore how caregivers cope with their loved one’s moderate – severe cGVHD.

        "The caregiver population of patients with cGVHD has never been addressed. We have many assumptions surrounding how the caregivers cope, but we need to ask the questions how and what can we do to help? In collaboration with Caring For A Cure, we can take it one step further and put research into practice." - Jessica Driscoll, DNP, ANP-BC

 

In 2014 Caring For A Cure was honored as part of the 100 for helping change the fight against cancer. Watch this video to learn more about our work.

Events & News

2017 Boston Marathon Fundraiser

Join us a night of dinner, drinks and dancing! March 18th, 6:30-11:00pm
Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA
Raffle & Silent Auction | Cocktail Attire, Cash Bar

Purchase Tickets Here

This marathon team was once again made possible by our dear friend, colleague and Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Jessica Kensky, who allocated her One Fund survivorship numbers to Caring for a Cure. Despite multiple surgeries and ongoing rehabilitation, Jess has maintained her relationship with the Mass General community and Caring for a Cure. As an oncology nurse, Jess has cared for patients who similarly endure long roads.

All proceeds that are raised by this marathon team will be donated to Caring for a Cure and Jess will help decide specifically where the funds go. This is a way for Jess to remain connected to patients and nursing, which she misses on a daily basis.

When we cannot cure, we continue to care…a lot. Our hope is that every dollar we raise can make the journey down this long road just a bit brighter for our patients and their families.

 

10 Mass General nurses ran the 2016 Boston Marathon as members of the Caring For A Cure Team.

Contact & How to Help

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please email us at caringforacure@gmail.com.

Like our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date with all of our latest news and events!

Donate

Your donation to the Caring For A Cure fund supports our mission to ease the journey and uplift the spirits of our patients and their families through support, connections and research. Our hope is that every dollar we raise can make the journey down this long road just a bit brighter for our patients and their families. Thank you for your support!

Make a Gift Now

If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to CARING FOR A CURE and mail to: Mass General Hospital Development Office, Attn: Caring For A Cure, 125 Nashua Street, Boston MA 02114

Fleeces

After selling 569 fleece jackets (we can't believe the number either!), we're now online! Our fleeces have made it as far north as the great nation of Canada, and as far south as Washington, DC.

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