2nd Boston Marathon with our Team;
PP: Jack Hoffman of the Team Jack Foundation (2nd year) and in memory of Andy Hoffman, in memory of CJ Buckley (4th year);
Research investigator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center studying pediatric brain cancer
It is truly an honor and pleasure to run the 2021 Boston Marathon as part of the fabulous Credit Union Kids at Heart Team. This non-profit was founded in 1996 and has raised over $8 million toward pediatric neurological research leading to several medical discoveries and life-saving cures. The Credit Union Kids at Heart Team has been incredibly supportive in our laboratory’s brain cancer research. Credit Unions Kids at Heart is a collaborative charitable organization of the credit union community throughout New England. Together, we raise money for research aimed at the prevention, treatment, and, one day, cure of pediatric neurological disorders. Our fields of interest also include pediatric epilepsy and seizure disorders, pediatric brain cancer, Moyamoya disease, and Cerebral Palsy.
I am proud to represent my Patient Partner Jack, in memory of Jack’s father, Andy Hoffman, and CJ Buckley. Jack, Andy, and CJ have been a source of inspiration in our battle to defeat brain cancer. Jack is a young man from Nebraska who receives care at Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2011, he suffered a life-threatening seizure, and a subsequent MRI showed a mass in his brain. Jack faced two brain surgeries and numerous other treatments to remove his tumor and keep him seizure free. This bright boy is the namesake behind the Team Jack Foundation, Credit Unions Kids at Heart’s partner in the fight against pediatric brain cancer. Andy Hoffman, co-founder of Team Jack, established the “Team Jack Foundation” to raise money and awareness for Jack and brain cancer. Andy’s love and passion for helping these kids was incredible. Andy passed away at age 42 from brain cancer.
CJ passed away from a brain tumor at the age of 17. He was a smart, handsome, young man; a sailor who was known as much for his kindness as his skill for racing. His short life leaves lasting impressions, and his memory is kept alive in an annual regatta and a research initiative that bear his name. I have been fortunate enough to spend time with his wonderful parents and truly appreciate their commitment to helping other families facing a diagnosis of pediatric brain cancer.
My enthusiasm to combat brain tumor research directly stems from my two incredible mentors, Dr. Judah Folkman and Dr. Mark Kieran. Dr. Folkman’s legacy is to “bring science from the bench to the bedside” to combat brain tumors in children. Dr. Folkman, former surgeon-in-chief at Boston Children’s Hospital, dedicated his life to accelerating the search for a cure to cancers. Dr. Kieran has treated and helped many kids with brain tumors. Today, our team of world-renowned cancer and systems biologists, oncologists, and lipid autacoid experts are working tirelessly to cure cancer and we are pioneering new methods to turn off inflammation in cancer.
While running Boston is a challenge, fighting cancer in children and adults is a cause bigger than any race and the ultimate challenge. Your support of our fundraising goals is very much appreciated.