Seven-year-old Ario is a superhero to the staff of Mass General’s Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center. When he arrived to begin treatment for his brain tumor, Ario announced that he did not want to sleep and did not want needles. Anesthesia is typically used to relax pediatric patients undergoing proton therapy. The staff worked together to help Ario achieve his goal of anesthesia-free treatment.
Two weeks into therapy, they asked him if he would like to teach other children how to have treatments without sedation. He gladly agreed to their proposal. While two six-year-olds and their parents watched, Ario cheerfully entered the treatment room and went through the steps of getting into position for treatment. He then accompanied each child into the room for a practice session. A staff member held him up so that he could see the child’s face and offer encouragement.
Both children did well and received treatment without anesthesia. One of Ario’s protégées then trained a six-year-old girl to have sedative-free treatment. Now she is teaching another patient.
With his kindness, happy spirit and knack for teaching, Ario has helped other children avoid side effects of anesthesia and gain self-esteem and courage at a challenging time.
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
- Rose M. Watson
- Farrah Fawcett and the Farrah Fawcett Foundation
- Dorothy Binford
- John Murphy
- Jay S. Loeffler, MD, FACR, FASTRO
- Mara G. Bloom, JD
- Joshua Sommer
- Barry Lipsett & Charles River Apparel
- Julia Hincman-Francavilla, MS, RD, LDN, CSO
- George R. Lillie, RN
- Nancy and Richard Kelleher
- Tristan’s Gift of Hope Foundation
- Phyllis McNally
- Mary Philopoulos
- Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
- Amy S. Colwell, MD, FACS
- Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH
- Breast Intentions, Massachusetts Chapter
- Lori Grassette
- Michelle Boutin, Karen Ingwersen, RN, and Michael Keamy
- Evangelos S. Gragoudas, MD
- Jennifer E. D’Alotto, MSW, LCSW
- Yi-Bin A. Chen, MD
- Patricia A. Kent, MS, RN, CPNP
- Moireen and Aaron Ruotsala
- David J. Kuter, MD, Dphil
- Harrison Strickler
- Ellen Sigal, PhD
- David E. Fisher, MD, PhD
- Arul M. Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.