Raising money to fight kids’ cancer with Four Seasons Boston Run of Hope

Raising money to fight kids’ cancer with Four Seasons Boston Run of Hope

By on July 31st, 2012


One of the best things about traveling with children is watching their eyes sparkle and widen with each brand new experience. We as their parents and caregivers bear witness to what circles in the nucleus in all of life: the wonder and hope that happens naturally, almost magically, in the souls of children.

It seems like Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts must have sat down with a focus group of kids and methodically unlocked this door of happiness because each time we have visited, our childrens’ spirits were practically dancing and bouncing off of the walls with excitement.

We stayed with our two little ones at Four Seasons Hotel Boston last year, and I was almost nervous to visit again because it didn’t seem like the perfect experience we had could possibly be re-created. But my anxiety was immediately quelled the moment we pulled up and the valet greeted us with a warm smile and bottles of water. It’s during this very moment that I realized, yes, yes, of course—this is precisely what the Four Seasons brand is all about: luxury, comfort, quality and consistency.

We intended to throw Four Seasons Boston a bit of a curve ball with the inclusion of our two children, my mother and Beau, our six-month-old son. It’s one thing to accommodate two toddlers; it’s another to add an infant into the mix. The hotel had a crib, baby bathtub and diaper pail waiting for us in our suite. The staff never skipped a beat.

Our socks were knocked off whenever we returned to our room: cake pops, cookie classes, bedtime stories, the “Ice Cream Man” making sundaes for us in our hotel room, and one of the newest features: a chance for kids to “Raid The Fridge” before bedtime. If there were an adult’s Disneyland Four Seasons Boston comes pretty darn close. The kids were not only happy, but totally entertained—without us having to lift a finger.

And Four Seasons doesn’t stop at taking good care of pint-sized guests. Since 1977, the hotels have put on fundraisers to benefit kids’ cancer research. The founder of Four Seasons, Isadore Sharp, who lost his own child to pediatric cancer, created The Run of Hope, held in various cities with a Four Seasons hotel. All proceeds go to benefit pediatric cancer research—$6 million and counting.

As a champion of pediatric cancer myself (my first philanthropic event benefited Cookies for Cancer), I jumped onboard; not only to participate in the race, but spread the word as best as I could. My kids and husband all ran in the race on a beautiful Saturday, amongst cancer survivors and many supporters. And all benefits of Four Seasons Boston’s Run of Hope on June 9 (the event has raised $1 million so far) went directly to pediatric cancer care and research at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. (Read about last year’s Run of Hope.)

David Ortiz, the popular designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox, was on hand to kick off the 5K run and 2K walk. He gave a great deal of his time autographing for his young fans, and was generous in sharing his mug for photo opps. Everyone (including our Jack and Zoe) enjoyed children’s games, ice cream and incredible raffle prizes (including a meet-and-greet with Big Papi (AKA Mr. Ortiz) at Fenway Park), a pancake breakfast prepared by Four Seasons, plus an awards ceremony hosted by TV reporter Shayna Seymour. Top fundraisers won trips to Four Seasons hotels around the globe, airfare included.

We felt proud to be a part of supporting this worthy cause. And we left impressed that Four Seasons holds the spirit of children in its core values, showing respect and dedication in so many different ways.

Read more about Boston in Four Seasons Magazine

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Jessica Shyba

Along with her baby, two young children and husband, Jessica @mommasgonecity recently moved from the Bay Area, California to Manhattan, New York. She started her blog, Momma’s Gone City, to keep in touch with her family and to chronicle her transition into city life. She talks about parenthood, life as a wife of a dental school student and the trials and excitement that come along with living in New York City.

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2 Response(s) to "Raising money to fight kids’ cancer with Four Seasons Boston Run of Hope"
Fundraising with the Four Seasons says:
August 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

[...] We couldn’t be more grateful to partner with the Four Seasons for these experiences with Have Family Will Travel, and any future experiences we have with them in the future (of which there will be [...]


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Lorette Lavine says:
July 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

Four Seasons does not miss a step when it comes to children…as grandparents we traveled with our grandchild to the Four Seasons Doheny/Beverly Hills several times. They were so accommodating and could not do enough for us.
We often take a respite stay at Four Seasons Chicago which is 20 minutes from us just to rejuvenate ourselves.
Four Seasons …you Rock.
Love your experience Jessica.
Pediatric Cancers are so devastating…many years ago I worked at Langone Medical Center in peds..I was not yet a mom…it was so sad to see parents and children suffer. Some real progress has been made over the years and it is so nice to see people involved in keeping this progress in the forefront.


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