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Friday, April 23, 2010
MGH Marathon Team runs to benefit the MGH and MGHfC
The weather conditions were ideal April 19 for the nearly 27,000 participants of the 114th Boston Marathon. Running for the MGH and MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) were 131 individuals -- employees, friends and former patients.
Marking his 20th time on the course was Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of the MGHfC Hematology-Oncology Unit, who joined 118 other runners participating on behalf of the MGHfC. The runners were partnered with pediatric oncology patients, who offered them inspiration to keep one foot moving in front of the other. More than $5.5 million has been raised for the MGHfC since 1998, when Weinstein first organized the team to run in support of clinical care, research and other programs for children with cancer.
Twelve runners also participated on behalf of the MGH Cystic Fibrosis Center, benefiting adult and pediatric patients. More than $60,000 was raised to support cystic fibrosis research and faculty recruitment.
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