Friday, October 3, 2014

Calling all runners to the 2015 Boston Marathon

REASON TO CELEBRATE: A proud MGH team runner at the 2014 Boston Marathon

The MGH is now accepting applications for the 119th Boston Marathon, which will be held on April 20, 2015. The newly renamed “Mass General Boston Marathon Program” has two teams running in support of pediatric cancer care and research and supporting emergency preparedness: Fighting Kids’ Cancer One Step at a Time and Ready When Seconds Count. Those interested in joining one of the teams must submit applications by Oct. 31.

“What could be more meaningful and inspiring than running the Boston Marathon with a team of caring and committed individuals who want to do their part in helping to cure childhood cancer or better prepare the MGH for future emergencies?” says Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Hematology-Oncology Unit.

Adds David Brown, MD, chair of MGH Emergency Medicine, “I am thrilled to again help lead a marathon team dedicated to supporting MGH’s commitment to emergency preparedness and disaster response. “Partnering with Howard Weinstein will be terrific, and together our runners will help ensure that the MGH is always ready to respond to the needs of the community and the region in the face of a disaster, while also helping cure pediatric cancers.”   

Last year more than 230 runners – including more than 80 staff members – ran the Boston Marathon in support of the MGH. The Emergency Response team raised nearly $320,000, while the pediatric Hematology-Oncology team raised almost $1.2 million.

Last year, the MGH also had athletes supporting other hospital programs – including Cystic Fibrosis, Pediatric Palliative Care and the Pediatric Coordinated Care Clinic, Friends of the Lurie Center, Dystonia Research and the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program.

“Thanks to John Hancock, the MGH will once again be fielding two teams for the Boston Marathon in 2015,” says Jim Thompson, vice president for Development. “We received 100 guaranteed entries for the MGHfC Cancer Center Team, and we were very excited to again receive 40 entries for the Emergency Response Team.”

To submit an application, visit

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