SparkleSister Runs to Fight Kids’ Cancer

You never know how one experience can change your life, give you a new perspective or fuel a new fire under you. That’s what happened to Shavonne Malara in June 2012 when she ended up spending the night in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Shavonne was new to Boston as the city was still very new to her. Her mom was prepared to fly down to be with her from Canada until Shavonne reassured her she was in good hands and being treated at one of the best hospitals in the world.    

Shavonne now runs for MGH for children to give back to the excellent care she received in 2012. By running for MGH in 2017, it gives her the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children receiving care at MGH. Last year, the 2017 Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer … One Step at a Time raised $1.3+ million for pediatric cancer at Mass General, of which Shavonne raised $15,300. 

“Compared to the struggle these amazing kids go through, running 26.2 miles is nothing!”

This year, Shavonne will be running in the 122nd Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018, for the 2nd time on behalf of MGH in support of pediatric cancer care. This year, more patients than ever before utilized Child-Life services, which indicates the growing popularity of the programming, the recognition of its importance, and the program’s ability to continue to expand its offerings. While preparing and fundraising for the 2018 Boston Marathon, she can’t succeed alone. She needs our help to reach and exceed her fundraising goal of $16,000.

Please help Shavonne and consider supporting Mass General Hospital reach their goal for the 2018 Boston Marathon. Together we’ll continue to make a difference. The funds raised are directed to cancer care, research, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients. All money raised will go directly to Mass General.

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How as SparkleSkirts helped your fitness journey?

“SparkleSkirts are adored by so many runners, including my sister, especially at runDisney races. I participate in many runDisney races annually and it is always so much fun to see all of the different costumes and sparkle throughout any Disney race.”