Team SSHS (South Shore Health System) has one million reasons to celebrate! This year's Boston Marathon Team—Running “As One”—raised more than $192,000 for cancer care services and other Health System programs on the South Shore. The final amount was enough to push the team’s collective seven-year fundraising goal to over $1 million dollars!
On Wednesday, August 1, several runners from Team SSHS celebrated this milestone by thanking representatives from the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program for their unwavering support.
“This is an exciting achievement,” said Jen Croes, Executive Director of the Cancer Center. “The funding we receive from Team SSHS has been critical to the Center’s operations as well as so many other Health System programs. It is truly remarkable to have a team of runners willing to pound the pavement for us. We are incredibly grateful to them and to John Hancock for supporting us over the last seven years.”
Since 2012, South Shore Health System has fielded a Boston Marathon team, thanks to its ongoing partnership with the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program. Each year, the John Hancock program has supplied bib numbers to Team SSHS runners—making their dream to run the Boston Marathon possible.
“Without John Hancock’s generous bib donations, many of us would not have the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon as a charity runner,” said Anne Marie Winchester, avid marathoner and longtime Team SSHS runner. “It’s because of John Hancock that so many of us have been able to fulfill a lifelong dream of running Boston while raising money for cancer care programs and other health services vitally needed on the South Shore.”
According to marathon officials, the 2018 race was the coldest Boston Marathon in 30 years. But freezing rain and headwinds of more than 25 miles per hour didn’t stop Team SSHS runners from completing the 26.2 mile trek. All 15 runners completed the race and fulfilled or exceeded their fundraising goals which will also help purchase off-budget medical equipment needed for cancer patients.
Cancer remains the leading cause of death in Massachusetts and the single biggest health threat to the South Shore’s 725,000 residents. As a result, South Shore Health System has developed a top quality program in response to high patient demand for world-class cancer care close to home.
The Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital provides world-leading cancer care programs to our southeastern Massachusetts communities. Experts from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and South Shore Hospital provide services in the Center. This unique clinical collaboration among the three organizations makes it possible to offer many advanced cancer treatments, including groundbreaking clinical trials. Marathon funds support the latest diagnostic technology, advanced surgical procedures, comprehensive inpatient care and access to clinical trials, new therapies and expert clinicians.