In Mac's Memory (Miles for Mac & Gold for Mac)
Mac (MacAlister) was a rambunctious and lovable little boy from Red Hook, NY who, at 16 months of age, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer. We noticed that he was having sleepless nights, had become more irritable and sedentary, developed two black eyes, and eventually stopped walking. When the cancer was finally diagnosed, after many visits to doctors and emergency rooms, it had already spread from his adrenal gland into his bones from his skull to his knees. Mac was immediately rushed to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where he underwent surgery, radiation, fourteen cycles of chemo, and clinical trials. Mac’s cancer progressed despite the aggressive treatments.
When Mac was well enough to come home he spent precious time in his Hudson Valley home with his twin brother, Ailyn. They ran, climbed, danced, read books and laughed. Mac died on March 31, 2014 at only 2 years old–too soon, too young. Mac is not alone; every 16 hours a child dies from Neuroblastoma. Mac’s family and community are organizing this run to raise money for Neuroblastoma research so that other families do not have to face the tragedy that we faced.
Through it all, no matter how difficult the treatment or the news, the MSKCC team of doctors, nurses and child life specialists were there to support our son and support us. We were so comforted by the care that we chose for Mac to spend his final days on the 9th floor.
Now we are giving back. We have raised over $40,000 for MSKCC since Mac's death and will continue to raise money and awareness until a cure is found. Feel free to visit our webpage: www.goldformac.com or join us on October 21, 2017 for our family 5K and Touch a Truck event in Red Hook, New York (not Brooklyn, in the Hudson Valley).