Neuk the Leuk's Fundraising Page

This Year, Team Neuk the Leuk Walks for 2-year old Superhero Gracie! Go Gracie Go!
This Year, Team Neuk the Leuk Walks for 2-year old Superhero Gracie! Go Gracie Go!

WHY WE'RE FUNDRAISING WITH THE JIMMY FUND WALK TO FIGHT CANCER

6 days before my 24th birthday in 2014, I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and immediately began intensive treatment to save my life. This year, I was introduced to someone who was also diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia 6 days before her birthday. But Gracie wasn’t about to celebrate her 25th birthday. She was about to celebrate her 2nd. It was December 23, 2019 and almost-two-year-old Gracie was diagnosed with a disease that no child should ever be diagnosed with. And she is now a child undergoing treatment that no sweet, innocent, wide-eyed little girl should ever have to endure. But she’s enduring. She’s warrioring. And she’s kicking cancers ass one day at a time.

When I was diagnosed with leukemia, it was by far the scariest time in my life, but I made it to the other side, healthy and VERY grateful because of the doctors and nurses at the Institute. Truly the staff at Dana-Farber and Boston Children’s save lives every single day and I am living proof of the miracles of their efforts. That is why, every year since my diagnosis my family, friends and I walk in support of this incredible organization. And this year, we are walking in honor of sweet, strong Gracie who is the midst of the fight of her life– I am confident in the medical team at Dana-Farber to take care of Gracie but she still needs prayer warriors – she needs cheerleaders and she needs people lifting her and her family up in this time of need. She needs hope. Hope that one day no two-year-old, no 24-year-old, no 65-year-old will be diagnosed with this disease and fail to make it to the other side.

Team “Neuk the Leuk,” is based off a phrase I used quite often as motivation while in treatment. We are raising funds specifically for the ground-breaking research that my main oncologist, Dr. Daniel DeAngelo, and his team are conducting to find cures for the many kinds of blood cancers that are currently without successful treatment plans. Although I was lucky to have a treatment plan that worked, only 61% of patients diagnosed with leukemia survive 5 years past diagnosis. That number needs to get to 100% survival—and your donation can help. Every dollar donated to our team will go directly towards the research needed to close that gap—and I can assure you that Dr. D will put the dollars to good use. As proof of his abilities, he led the team of scientists that discovered the exact treatment regimen that I followed and that ultimately, saved my life. There’s not a doubt in my mind that he can do it again… but this year more than ever, as donations and government funding are down significantly, he needs the community’s help to receive the financial support imperative to conduct such research.

2020 has been tough on everyone but for families like Gracie’s, it’s been unimaginable. Gracie spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and every day until Valentine’s Day at Boston Children’s. She’ll continue to fight this battle for at least another two years. Many parents call “year two”, the “the terrible two’s.” For Gracie’s parents, Jen and Dan, the typical tantrums and grocery-store meltdowns are far from what’s terrible about this age. They are watching their daughter go through things, nobody should have to bear, never mind a young child. Having been on that same path, I have a hard time comprehending how a two-year-old can endure that much—there’s not a pretty side to cancer, nor is there an easy route to getting to the finish line. It’s painful. It’s ugly. It’s frustrating. It’s sad. It’s just plain hard—so, so very hard. So to think of a toddler, who should be playing with her older sister, bonding with her baby brother that was born in April, learning her ABC’s, playing outside, being a two-year old!--- to think of her going through the same exact treatment that I underwent is inconceivable.  Gracie isn’t able to communicate what she’s thinking or how she’s feeling so as a survivor of the same horrible disease, I will speak for her – this disease strips you down to your core, the side effects of the treatment are endless and it feels like a kick in the gut every single day. But what gets you (& your family) by is the notion of hope. Hope that one day you will cross the finish line and hope for all the others that come after you, that their journey won’t be as hard. Hope that one day little girls like Gracie never have to go through the pain that she and her family are dealing with right now. The hope that no child ever suffers or dies from this disease. Hope that one day there is prevention and there is no such thing as leukemia. Hope that one day the incredible scientists, just like Dr. D, will find a cure and we ‘Neuk the Leuk’ forever.

With every step we take along the various routes our team will walk this year, we will keep Gracie in our hearts and minds and lift her up with collective love and good energy for a positive outcome.  We would absolutely LOVE to have you on our team -- whether that means walking one mile, a 5k, 10k, a full marathon--- or even just walking around your block—what matters is that you’re raising funds—that’s what counts and that’s what is needed more than ever!

Your support to our team means more than I can put into words – thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Lastly, GO GRACIE GO!!! <3


 

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$8,515
Goal:$15,000
11team members

THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM MEMBERS

C = Team Captain
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AMOUNT RAISED
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THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Team Honor Roll
Abbey Tiderman and Family
$50
AJ and Jillian
$100
AJ HAS A SMALL DONATION
$105
Ally Patarino
Anonymous
$200
Anonymous
Anonymous
$100
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
$50
Aunt Mary
$60
Cathy Wigley
$100
Charles McEwen
$100
Cole Fitz
David and Bonnie Salt
$50
EILEEN
$100
Elizabeth Hattman
$100
Emily Lauer
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$300
Facebook Fundraiser
$185
Facebook Fundraiser
$100
Facebook Fundraiser
$100
Facebook Fundraiser
$85
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$50
Facebook Fundraiser
$35
Facebook Fundraiser
$30
Facebook Fundraiser
$25
Facebook Fundraiser
$25
Facebook Fundraiser
$25
Facebook Fundraiser
$25
Facebook Fundraiser
$20
Facebook Fundraiser
$10
Jacky, Nicole, Dylan, Merrick + Buck
$100
Jacqulin Schroeder
$30
Jill & Joe
Jimmy and Johanna
$100
Johanna Shirman
$100
Jonathan S Mulhern
$100
Jones Lang LaSalle for Benjamin Coffin
$300
Karen Fitzgibbons
Kathryn Crawford
$50
Kathy Raiche-Stephens
$50
KO
$100
Kris Pedersen
$100
Kristen Fougere
$50
Lauren Contic
Lee Goodman
Lou Capodilupo
$200
Lou Capodilupo
$100
Mancini's
mark piet
$50
Maura Brown
Miguel Rojas
$100
Mike and Bry Tartamella
Miss Gabrielle G Stevens
$105
Miss Lauren Delehanty
$30
Miss Leanne DiLeo
$50
Miss Victoria G Stevens
$105
Mr. Alex Haney
Mr. David Walsh
$500
Mr. Eric Hausen
$200
Mr. Guy Vaillancourt
$30
Mr. Jim F Stevens Jr.
$105
Mr. John F Moran V
$30
Mr. John Moran
$305
Mr. Michael A Stevens
$355
Mrs. Gina M Stevens
$105
Mrs. Jessica K Stevens
$125
Mrs. Kathryn M Moran
$105
Mrs. Linda Ziegler
$50
Mrs. Renee Gallagher
$50
Ms. amanda fulton
$50
Ms. Courtney K Argiras
$55
Ms. Kelly Fitzgibbons
$105
Ms. Lily Miller
$50
Ms. Shannon Casey
$30
Rachel
Samantha & Adam
$50
Sophie, Luke, Ngoc Anh & Josh
Susan Anderson
$50
The Avery's
The Coffin Family
The Dieterle Family
$100
The Dunns
The Garner Family
$500
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2020 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

This Year, Team Neuk the Leuk Walks for 2-year old Superhero Gracie! Go Gracie Go!
This Year, Team Neuk the Leuk Walks for 2-year old Superhero Gracie! Go Gracie Go!

Neuk the Leuk

6 days before my 24th birthday in 2014, I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and immediately began intensive treatment to save my life. This year, I was introduced to someone who was also diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia 6 days before her birthday. But Gracie wasn’t about to celebrate her 25th birthday. She was about to celebrate her 2nd. It was December 23, 2019 and almost-two-year-old Gracie was diagnosed with a disease that no child should ever be diagnosed with. And she is now a child undergoing treatment that no sweet, innocent, wide-eyed little girl should ever have to endure. But she’s enduring. She’s warrioring. And she’s kicking cancers ass one day at a time.

When I was diagnosed with leukemia, it was by far the scariest time in my life, but I made it to the other side, healthy and VERY grateful because of the doctors and nurses at the Institute. Truly the staff at Dana-Farber and Boston Children’s save lives every single day and I am living proof of the miracles of their efforts. That is why, every year since my diagnosis my family, friends and I walk in support of this incredible organization. And this year, we are walking in honor of sweet, strong Gracie who is the midst of the fight of her life– I am confident in the medical team at Dana-Farber to take care of Gracie but she still needs prayer warriors – she needs cheerleaders and she needs people lifting her and her family up in this time of need. She needs hope. Hope that one day no two-year-old, no 24-year-old, no 65-year-old will be diagnosed with this disease and fail to make it to the other side.

Team “Neuk the Leuk,” is based off a phrase I used quite often as motivation while in treatment. We are raising funds specifically for the ground-breaking research that my main oncologist, Dr. Daniel DeAngelo, and his team are conducting to find cures for the many kinds of blood cancers that are currently without successful treatment plans. Although I was lucky to have a treatment plan that worked, only 61% of patients diagnosed with leukemia survive 5 years past diagnosis. That number needs to get to 100% survival—and your donation can help. Every dollar donated to our team will go directly towards the research needed to close that gap—and I can assure you that Dr. D will put the dollars to good use. As proof of his abilities, he led the team of scientists that discovered the exact treatment regimen that I followed and that ultimately, saved my life. There’s not a doubt in my mind that he can do it again… but this year more than ever, as donations and government funding are down significantly, he needs the community’s help to receive the financial support imperative to conduct such research.

2020 has been tough on everyone but for families like Gracie’s, it’s been unimaginable. Gracie spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and every day until Valentine’s Day at Boston Children’s. She’ll continue to fight this battle for at least another two years. Many parents call “year two”, the “the terrible two’s.” For Gracie’s parents, Jen and Dan, the typical tantrums and grocery-store meltdowns are far from what’s terrible about this age. They are watching their daughter go through things, nobody should have to bear, never mind a young child. Having been on that same path, I have a hard time comprehending how a two-year-old can endure that much—there’s not a pretty side to cancer, nor is there an easy route to getting to the finish line. It’s painful. It’s ugly. It’s frustrating. It’s sad. It’s just plain hard—so, so very hard. So to think of a toddler, who should be playing with her older sister, bonding with her baby brother that was born in April, learning her ABC’s, playing outside, being a two-year old!--- to think of her going through the same exact treatment that I underwent is inconceivable.  Gracie isn’t able to communicate what she’s thinking or how she’s feeling so as a survivor of the same horrible disease, I will speak for her – this disease strips you down to your core, the side effects of the treatment are endless and it feels like a kick in the gut every single day. But what gets you (& your family) by is the notion of hope. Hope that one day you will cross the finish line and hope for all the others that come after you, that their journey won’t be as hard. Hope that one day little girls like Gracie never have to go through the pain that she and her family are dealing with right now. The hope that no child ever suffers or dies from this disease. Hope that one day there is prevention and there is no such thing as leukemia. Hope that one day the incredible scientists, just like Dr. D, will find a cure and we ‘Neuk the Leuk’ forever.

With every step we take along the various routes our team will walk this year, we will keep Gracie in our hearts and minds and lift her up with collective love and good energy for a positive outcome.  We would absolutely LOVE to have you on our team -- whether that means walking one mile, a 5k, 10k, a full marathon--- or even just walking around your block—what matters is that you’re raising funds—that’s what counts and that’s what is needed more than ever!

Your support to our team means more than I can put into words – thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Lastly, GO GRACIE GO!!! <3


 

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