On April 21, more than 200 people will run and raise funds for one of three Mass General Boston Marathon 2014 teams supporting MGH programs devoted to pediatric cancer, cystic fibrosis and emergency response. Mass General is also fortunate to have qualified and deferred runners fundraising for other MGH programs, including Pediatric Palliative Care and the Pediatric Coordinated Care Center, Friends of the Lurie Center, Dystonia Research and the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.
The Emergency Response Team was created after the Boston Athletic Association awarded Mass General an extra 40 numbers as a thank you for caring for 39 victims.
MGH Emergency Response Marathon Team
“Rigorous training and preparation by physicians, nurses, other clinicians and administrative staff were critical to the speed and efficiency with which we were able to mobilize to care for victims of the marathon bombing,” says David Brown, MD, chair of the MGH Department of Emergency Medicine. “Quietly and effectively, compassionately and efficiently, our medical teams cared for the patients and supported their families and friends.”
Dr. Brown serves as honorary team captain of the Emergency Response Team. It was created after the Boston Athletic Association awarded Mass General an extra 40 numbers as a thank you for caring for 39 victims. Funds raised will support emergency and disaster response training at Mass General and its continual role in improving local and national responses in the future.
More than 20 MGH employees will participate as members of Mass General’s Emergency Response Marathon Team. They include a nurse who works in the intensive care unit where six bombing patients were treated, an anesthesia resident on duty in the Emergency Department that tragic day, and a clinical social worker who volunteered to provide trauma counseling for runners affected by the bombing.
MGH Marathon Team—Fighting Kids’ Cancer … One Step at a Time
Led by marathon team founder and captain, Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, the MGH team “Fighting Kids’ Cancer … One Step at a Time” is running for the 17th time. The team has raised nearly $9 million in support of the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
“I plan to keep on running,” says Dr. Weinstein, who is about to run his 24th Boston Marathon. “Every year I tell myself that the job of curing all children with cancer is not done.”
The 2014 team is the largest ever with 160 members including those who were unable to finish last year’s Boston Marathon and were given bib numbers, in addition to the approximately 100 bibs that John Hancock annually donates to the pediatric cancer team.
Dr. Weinstein and his patient running partner — Carson Spahr, a 16-year-old who had just finished lymphoma therapy — were close to mile 25 when the bombs went off. “We were anticipating the joy of crossing the finish line when we were stopped,” he says. “It was emotional and devastating for all of us that day. But it is inspirational for us to be able to finish the job we didn’t complete.”
The Boston Marathon team, however, achieved its goal of raising nearly $1 million to support MGHfC pediatric cancer, an amount they hope to surpass this year.
MGH Cystic Fibrosis Marathon Team
Allen Lapey, MD, emeritus director of the MGH Cystic Fibrosis Center, is honorary leader of the Mass General Cystic Fibrosis Marathon Team in its 14th Boston Marathon. Funds raised by his team benefit research and patient care for cystic fibrosis at Mass General. The Boston Marathon charity team raised $75,000 last year and aims to break that record in 2014.
“Our 17 men and women run not just in honor of their patient partners, but also in honor of those who were injured or never finished their race last year,” Dr. Lapey says. “Marathon Monday is an incredible high and my happiest day of the year. We look forward to finishing together and celebrating everyone who has contributed to the team.”
Help Support MGH Boston Marathon Runners
Among the 36,000 runners on April 21 will be more than 200 sporting teal blue T-shirts worn by all three Mass General teams. The name of their program will be on the backside. But on the front, along with the skyline of Boston, will be emblazoned the words: Mass General and Boston …Together We Finish.
You can help these dedicated runners reach the finish line by making a gift.