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Dear Friends and Family,
 
This year I have been given the honor to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon on behalf of Children's Hospital Boston.
 
Children's Hospital has been a vital part of our lives since the day our first son was born in June of 2002.
Cole was born 10 weeks early and spent his first few critical days in the NICU at Children's Hospital. Our 3 lb baby boy was one of the healthiest patients in that NICU , believe it or not!  Cole has thrived and done so well considering his early arrival. He is currently followed by the Endocrinology department at Children's Hospital. 
 
Our daughter Ella was born with a swallowing disorder in 2007. She was a patient of the CADD (center for Aero Digestive Disorders) team for 3 years.  She has made great progress and transitioned to drinking thin fluids and eating all foods with help from the CADD team at Children's!
 
Our middle son Jackson (born 2004) was diagnosed in October of 2010 with Undifferentiated Spondyloarthropathy. It falls under the umbrella of Rheumatic Diseases (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis)  It took a few months and a few different specialists at Children's to diagnose Jackson. During those few months we spent a lot of time at Children's and he endured MRI s, CT scans, blood work, scopes and various appointments.  He is currently followed by The Rheumatology, Gastorenterology and Opthalmology Departments at Children's.  He takes a few different kinds of medication everyday as well as injections once a week . He has also started infusion therapy every 3 -4 weeks.  He is seen every few weeks at Children's by all of his specialists. Jackson faces each new medication, procedure and therapy with courage and strength. We are so lucky to be his parents. 
 
In reality, our family is one of the lucky ones. We have good health insurance, a strong support system and most importantly we get to take our children home at the end of every appointment.  There are many parents and children who spend days, even months at Children's fighting their illnesses. 
 
As I said before, I am running in honor of my children but I am also running in memory of two other children whom our family knew. Kendall Rose Davis lost a short battle with Bacterial Meningitis at Children's in 2007. Dylan Seymour fought Pediatric Cancer ( JMML). He spent months on end at Children's. He passed away in May 2010.
 
As I ask you to donate today in support of my run for Children's, I do not ask you to do it for me. I ask you to donate for Cole, Jackson, Ella, Kendall and Dylan.
As well as all of the other children whom have received care from this amazing institution, known as Children's Hospital Boston.
 

You may also mail a check made out to Children's Hospital Boston to our home:  34 Indian Meadow Dr. Northborough, Ma 01532
 
I thank you in advance for your donation!
 
Love,
Kate