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Dracut Residents To Run Boston Marathon For Mass General Hospital For Children (MGHfC) Pediatric Cancer Team

Mar 27, 2017 11:55AM ● By Theresa Gilman

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Massachusetts General Hospital.)

Dracut residents Tara Hastie and Alex Rancourt will run in the 121st Boston Marathon on April 17th in support of Mass General’s Hospital for Children’s (MGHfC) pediatric cancer team, Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time. They will join an estimated 30,000 runners along the 26.2 mile course that spans from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston. The funds raised by the Dracut residents will support cutting-edge research and quality of life programming - such as child life services and art and music therapy - which help pediatric cancer patients and their families cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses.

Tara and Alex are members of Team Mike McNeil, an organization that was formed to spread awareness and raise money for cancer research at Mass General Hospital. McNeil died at age 27 of pheochromocytoma, a rare cancer of the glands. The team has run several obstacle course races and road races while raising funds to help support the fight against cancer.  Their most memorable race has been the Ragnar Relay, a 200-mile road race. They have raised over $12,000 for three consecutive years.

The MGH team, made up of 102 runners, including former patients and parents, MGH employees and hospital supporters, has set a fundraising goal of $1 million. At this writing, pledges stand at over $566,000.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of John Hancock’s partnership with the Mass General Marathon Program. Since it was formed in 1998, Mass General’s Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time has raised more than $12 million that directly supports the pediatric hematology-oncology program at MGH.

“I have a unique perspective into the lives of children undergoing life- saving therapy at MGHfC,” says Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC and 17-year captain of the pediatric team. “Since the team’s inception, I’ve seen our runners get physically and emotionally involved in our mission to conquer childhood cancer. They go the extra mile and their support is vital to our continued holistic approach to cancer care.”

To learn more about the Fighting Kids’ Cancer, One Step at a Time team or help support Tara and Alex, visit
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