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I came to know Patrick Sullivan and his wife Samantha while their son Finn and my son Shane were receiving proton therapy for rhabdomyosarcoma at Mass General. Patrick exhausted every avenue to provide the most effective treatment and palliative care for Finn, never betraying an ounce of self-pity.
Recognizing that Finn had a mighty spirit and two equally mighty siblings — his twin brother Baird and older sister Sarah — Patrick and his wife Sam developed and lived by a mantra that captured Finn’s kinetic joy: ‘Run Jump Bounce Dance Sing Love Smile and Ride.’
Taking cues from Finn, the Sullivans derived joy and normalcy from often dire circumstances instead of regarding cancer as a battle with winners and losers. I’ve come to share their view, as the years that we have benefited from having Shane in our lives are indescribable.
Finn died in 2008. Three months later Team Finn was formed. Rallying friends and family for the annual Vancouver-to-Seattle Ride to Conquer Cancer and other events, Team Finn has raised over $1.2 million dollars for pediatric cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency and to help families in need.
The Sullivans and Team Finn are my heroes for their efforts to advance pediatric cancer treatment and for their example of living fully during a very difficult time.
— Bill King
Nominate someone you know who is making a difference in the fight against cancer!NOMINATE TODAY
- Father John P. Kearns
- Cape Air
- Kimberly Shannon, RN
- Eric S. Lander, PhD
- Rochelle Shoretz
- Granara-Skerry Trust
- Arielle Densen
- Anthony H. Russell, MD
- Betty A. Maloney, RN
- Kolleen M. Taylor
- Remy A. Stressenger
- Nagahiro Saijo, MD, PhD
- The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Hospital Outreach Program
- Ellen M. Fitzgerald, RN
- Roberto DeJesus
- Haymakers for Hope
- Patricia M. LoRusso, DO
- Nicole Neville and Paige Shin
- William F. Pirl, MD, MPH
- The Melanoma Research Alliance
- Dana-Farber / Harvard Cancer Center–Faith Based Cancer Disparities Network
- Dan Dewey
- Marlyn Salazar, BS, RTT
- Richard A. Hodin, MD
- E. John Opolski, RN
- The Cardio-Oncology Program: Sanjeev Francis, MD, Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie MD, PhD, and Tomas Neilan, MD
- Martha Keochareon
- Ronald (Tak) W. Takvorian, MD
- William H. Park
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer. Meet the Honorees.