Monday, January 9, 2012

In the Community

The holiday season can be difficult for many families, as resources are stretched thin and energy is run low. This is particularly true for families when a parent is sick. Henry and India Claudy, ages 12 and 10, recognize this challenge and organize a yearly event called Family to Family to help spread holiday cheer to families who are less fortunate.

Working closely with Dr. Paula Rauch, director of the Marjorie E. Korff PACT (Parenting At a Challenging Time) Program, Family to Family anonymously matches healthy families with families who have a member being treated for cancer at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.
On December 4, Henry and India, along with their mother, Tricia, hosted the 5th annual Family to Family event, and matched a record 55 families. Friends from the Claudys’ Chestnut Hill, Brookline, Beacon Hill, The Park School and Spruce Street Nursery School communities brought wrapped holiday gifts for their partner families and by the end of the festive evening, 55 packages were ready for shipment.
Henry and India learned the importance of generosity from their father, Peter, who passed away from cancer in 2006. During remarks at the event, Henry said "unselfish giving is the essence of our father, Peter, and an incredible way in which to honor him." India added, “we hope that together we can bring some cheer to these families during a difficult time, and have fun doing it!”


Saying Thank You to Our Community Fundraisers
On December 6, 2011, Massachusetts General Hospital hosted the 3rd annual Community Fundraising Program Appreciation Reception at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston. Representatives from more than 20 different community-hosted fundraising events and initiatives attended this event; in total, nearly 100 events and initiatives are held each year to benefit the hospital.

In 2011, community fundraisers collectively raised more than $1 million for various departments and programs at the hospital. The December 6 reception was the hospital’s opportunity to say thank you to these creative, passionate, dedicated individuals and organizations for their efforts. From walks, runs and rides to selling bracelets and setting up lemonade stands, Mass General and the Cancer Center are so appreciative of all of our community fundraisers’ efforts to help us advance patient care and research.

After welcoming remarks from Amy Doherty, Associate Director of Special Events at Mass General, Dr. Donald Lawrence, Clinical Director for the Center for Melanoma, thanked attendees and introduced Colleen and Bob Kohl who shared their story. The Kohls host an annual fundraiser in memory of their daughter Glenna who died of melanoma at age 26. Their efforts raise awareness of the dangerous effects of overexposure to sunlight and tanning, and also raise funds which support Dr. Lawrence’s melanoma research at the Mass General Cancer Center. The Kohls and their event committee hosted the 3rd Annual Angel’s Masquerade Ball on October 29, 2011 in Sandwich, MA.

To learn more about the Community Fundraising Program at Mass General, please visitour website.  New information and resources will be added to this page soon, so be sure to check back. If you are interested in hosting an event to benefit Mass General, emailMGHcommunityfundraising@partners.orgor call 617.726.7837.

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