Thursday, April 2, 2015

Featured Runners: Boston Marathon 2015

Amy & Alli Armstrong-Javors, running for Amaury, age 7, Ewing’s sarcoma

Amy: “I am pediatric neurology resident at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in my second year of training. The patients with cancer that I’ve cared for are some of the bravest, brightest and most resilient people I’ve ever met.” Alli: “Amaury has given us a number of strategies to make us faster runners. We’re confident that he could run this marathon for us, but for now he’ll focus on fighting cancer and rocking the second grade!”

Cynthia Wigren, running for Jordyn, age 3, MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome)

“When I’m running, I think about my patient partner, Jordyn. To be so young and exude such positive energy during an incredibly challenging time makes Jordyn very special. She is my inspiration to keep moving! It’s truly a privilege to be on the Mass General Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Team. I can’t think of a better reason to train for and run 26.2 miles!”

Dan McGinley, running for Nate, age 15, GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor)

“MassGeneral Hospital for Children is an amazing place, and I really believe in the work they do in helping kids fight cancer. After getting a tour of the facility and learning more about the treatments and innovative programs they provide, I am really excited and honored to represent them at this year’s marathon. ”

Howard Weinstein, running for Annie, age 5, Neuroblastoma

“I am chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Mass General. This will be my 25th consecutive year running the Boston Marathon to raise money for cancer care and research. Without question, I am inspired by the strength, courage and spirit of my patients and all the children who have been or are being treated for cancer. My patient partner, Annie, is a bundle of positive energy and inspires me to go the extra mile.”

John Ostrowski, running for Bella, age 5, leukemia

“Running in the Boston Marathon and representing Mass General is incredible, but being in the Patient Partner Program and meeting Bella and her family is what inspires me today. It’s an honor to be a part of their lives and to be a small part of Bella’s healing process. I am also the parent of a chronically ill child who has been treated at MassGeneral Hospital for Children over the last eight and a half years.”

Meghan Connors, running for Keith, age 17, lymphoma

“At the age of 3, I was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, and treated at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Thankfully, due to early detection and the Mass General doctors and nurses, I was cured after a few surgeries. The opportunity to run 26.2 miles for the hospital that saved my life is truly an honor.”

Sarah Carey, running for Ali, age 18, Hodgkin lymphoma

“I am so honored to have been chosen for the Patient Partner Program. Reading the stories about patient partners in the past and the impact this team has made on children fighting cancer really made me want to be part of this awesome cause. My patient partner, Ali, is such an amazing young woman. She has taught me so much over the past month about being strong and staying positive. Ali has made such an impact on my life even in the short time I have known her.”

Tarrah Zedower, running for Caden, age 3, leukemia

“My son Caden was diagnosed with leukemia in July when he was 2 ½ years old. He’s my hero, and he is teaching our entire family how to get through this difficult journey, laughing and smiling the entire way. MassGeneral Hospital for Children has done so much for my family this past year. I feel honored to be able to give back to Caden’s team of caretakers who are saving lives every day.”

Tommy Beaton and Robyn Beaton, running for Jose, age 6, leukemia

Tommy: “I chose to run the marathon for MassGeneral Hospital for Children because I have seen my wife, a pediatric nurse, experience firsthand the struggles that children go through.” Robyn: “My patient partner, Jose, is in kindergarten and just turned 6. He is so special to me because I see how strong and brave he is while receiving his chemotherapy. No matter how bad he is feeling, he still shows unconditional love for everyone around him.”

Lauren Parks, running for Jayda, age 3, leukemia

“MGHfC is an organization that means a lot to me. I love kids, and I wanted to be a part of something meaningful for them. Doing races like 10Ks, half-marathons and now a full marathon really inspires me. It shows you what you are capable of when you didn’t think you could do it. My patient partner, Jayda, is awesome because she has such a great personality and is full of life. She is just a sweetheart.”

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