Thanks to a partnership with John Hancock, the Mass General Marathon Program has raised more than $16 million since 1998 to support pediatric cancer, and more recently, also support emergency preparedness programs. The program marked its 20th anniversary in 2017.

John HancockBib numbers are required for official entry into the Boston Marathon®. Runners can acquire bib numbers by either running a qualifying marathon time or running on behalf of a charity. As the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon®, John Hancock created its own Marathon Non-Profit Program, which enables the company to donate bib numbers to local charity organizations, who can then recruit runners willing to raise money for their cause.

Bib numbers from John Hancock have allowed MGHfC to grow a robust marathon team that is dedicated to raising funds to support children with cancer.

John Hancock gives the Mass General Marathon Program 140 bib numbers annually, which has allowed us to grow a robust marathon program with two teams that are dedicated to raising funds to support children with cancer and supporting emergency preparedness programs.

MGHfC has put these funds to good use advancing cutting-edge research, increasing the number of clinical studies to improve cure rates and providing the best treatment possible to pediatric cancer patients. But MGHfC is also focused on the quality of life of its young patients and their families. The marathon program also supports child life activities such as art and music therapy and support services for parents and siblings of patients.

The Emergency Response team supports programs to help Mass General stay prepared for emergencies, allowing us to deliver world-class care when needed most.

Seeing the Partnership’s Benefits Firsthand

Jake McGraw, whose son, Tommy, underwent treatment for brain cancer in 2012, experienced firsthand the many benefits of MGHfC’s Child Life Program. “We never forgot why we were here,” Jake says. “But thanks to the child life program and the art and music activities—the kids, including Tommy, did forget.”

Over the past 20 years, John Hancock has proven to be as passionate about the Mass General Boston Marathon Program’s mission as the runners themselves.

Over the past 20 years, John Hancock has proven to be as passionate about the Mass General Marathon Team’s mission as the runners themselves. Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC and marathon team captain, recognizes that the marathon fundraising program would not be possible without John Hancock. “We are proud of our partnership with John Hancock,” he says. “Their support is critical to our efforts to advance research and provide comprehensive care that improves the quality of life for our patients and families. We look forward to continuing this wonderful partnership in the future.”

To commemorate this longstanding relationship, Mass General included John Hancock on its visionary Donor Wall. The wall pays tribute to donors who have made transformative gifts throughout the hospital’s 200-year history. John Hancock is one of only 10 non-healthcare corporations listed on the wall. The inclusion of John Hancock on the Donor Wall serves as a permanent reminder to hospital visitors of the lasting partnership between two great Boston institutions.

Learn more about John Hancock’s support of the Boston Marathon® and other community programs on the John Hancock web site.