While the term family is generally used to imply members of the same kin or sharing a common ancestor, it can also be used in a broader sense.
Indeed, Webster’s definitions range from “group of people who are related to each other” to “a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation”. All definitions of the word convey the same sentiment: a sense of unity and connection between individuals. At the deepest level, a family represents a group of people who are united by a common thread, and who support each other in pursuit of their goals and convictions.
I am exceptionally fortunate to be a part of the ever-growing MGH family, which is united in its mission to advance knowledge and rapidly translate discovery into exceptional, personalized cancer care for our patients. It is this mission that bonds us together, not only in Boston or New England, but nationally and internationally as well. If we continue to work as a cohesive unit with a shared goal, there is no doubt that this family will make meaningful progress against cancer now and moving forward.