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Conquering cancer with some Team Pepere Members in September 2018!
Conquering cancer with some Team Pepere Members in September 2018!

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

Welcome to Team Pepere!  We thank you for coming and donating to our page or joining our walk team.

I am Derik, the team Captain and...

As most of you know, I am one of the lucky ones.  Well, I suppose lucky is relative.  Relative, because ten years ago I was diagnosed with a highly aggressive and rare form of cancer in my sinus cavity, Sino Nasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma (SNUC for short).  How aggressive and how rare you ask?  After a reading a study in that comprised in 2013, the 2 year survival rate is only 20% after treatment in the United States and 8% in Canada.  

I consider myself lucky for lots of reasons.  For one, which is obvious, I survived something that most people do not.  This means I have a lot more time to devote to the important things – family, friends, and paying it forward.   The second reason I am lucky is and it may need an explanation for some is, I got Cancer.  Weird, right?  You see, Cancer has really opened my eyes to many things.  For starters, it’s not just something old people get, sun worshipers get, or smokers get.  The truth is, it does not discriminate.  I still remember my first visits to Dana Farber.  Where I had to go to head upstairs for Head and Neck Oncology appointments, I would have to walk through the Pediatric Cancer area on the 3rd floor seeing all the children.  On my worst days (and I had some ad ones), I could never imagine being one of the parents of these kids.  There is no word or words that one could say that was going to change the somber feeling while traveling through this area.  The only thing that could break these silences were the kids themselves as they do their best to put everyone else at ease with a joke or goofy gesture.  There were days when I would feel like one of these kids trying to cheer everyone else up.  After all, I was the only one going through this ordeal medicated….Everyone else had to go through it clean and sober. 

To put this in perspective at the time of my diagnosis, I was 34 years old, married with 2 children.  My older daughter Jocelyne was 4 and my youngest Jacqueline was barely 6 months.  Prior to finding out that I was going to be treated at DFCI I have to admit I was a complete basket case with all sorts of (not positive) thoughts running through my mind.  Though I did question the timing, I never questioned “why me”, trying to stay positive I had the attitude “why not me” especially after realizing Cancer does not discriminate and that just how many other families were in the same boat as mine.

At Dana Farber, right from the start, I felt like I was in the best of hands.  I wasn’t just assigned one doctor that handles cancer.  I was assigned a team of doctors and nurses that specifically handle head and neck cancers.  What comforted us the most was their bedside manner as I always felt like I was their only patient.  The team at Dana Farber always looked at the positive and driving towards getting rid of the cancer.  They didn’t quote statistics or dwell on the negative.  With their strong positive force, I had no choice but to look forward, propelling myself to get better (even in my days when I felt at my worst) and towards a declaration of NED (No Evidence of Disease).  The team looked over every detail of my health and created an environment where getting better was the only option.

I do believe that I wouldn’t be here without them.  They kept my family whole and for that we are indebted.  Please help me pay-it-forward for the next family who faces the same situation. 

Your support goes directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate care. Funds raised through the Jimmy Fund Walk enable Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.

Thank you for supporting our team in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$8,667.75
Goal:$25,000
13team members

THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM MEMBERS

C = Team Captain
NAME
AMOUNT RAISED
x96x
x$8,667.75x

THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Team Honor Roll
Andrew Deardorff
$50
Anne Quinn
$30
Anonymous
Becky & Bobby
Benoit Thibault
$200
Brandis Pickard
$100
Cari Sajdak
$75
Charity McCourt
$75
Cimeno Family in memory of Rebekah Dodson
$100
Curt Lampron
$40
Dan Durkin
$1,000
Darlene Coutu
$50
David Belsky
$18
Debby and Alan Friedman
Dolores Bisson
$25
Donna Canning
$100
E Ink Bake Sale Contributions
$786
Good luck! Joanne & Mike
In memory of Harry Rutstein
$738
In memory of Paul Raymond
$100
In memory of Rebekah Dobson
$50
In memory of Rebekah Dodson from the Melanders.
In Memory of Rebekah Lynne Dodson
$100
Jennifer Talty
$30
Joann Willett
$50
Joanne Richards
$25
Josh Rutstein
$25
Judd Nathan
$36
Kevin & Loie Bell
$25
Kevin Tucker
$50
Linda Talty
$25
Loren H. Goldstein
$90
Loren H. Goldstein
$72
Louise Griffin
$50
Love you Steph and mark!!
$100
Margaret Manion
$30
Marjorie Lampron
$30
MaryBeth Murphy
$30
Miss Jacqueline L Lampron
$105
Miss Jocelyne C Lampron
$105
Miss Lucille Asselin
$25
Mr. Derik R Lampron
$115
Mr. Donald Lampron
$5
Mr. Fadzli Irwan Bahrudin
$80
Mr. Jim Newhouse
$100
Mr. Kevin Donegan
$100
Mr. Neil F Paton
$20
Mr. Robert Feldmann
$30
Mr. Soufi Mokhdzir
$20
Mr. Thomas Gill
$100
Mrs. Eva Alaniz
$30
Mrs. Jacinte Grise
$30
Mrs. Janice Kierce
$30
Mrs. Jennifer B Lampron
$105
Mrs. Norma Murphy
$100
Mrs. Patrice Kobrenski
$50
Mrs. Paula Sweeney
$100
Mrs. Prerna Patel
$30
Mrs. Rhonda Allain
$100
Mrs. Rose G Paton
$20
Mrs. Susan Caron white
$60
Mrs. Suzanne Trudel
$300
Mrs. Suzanne Trudel
$20
Mrs. Tara Scheidell
$25
Ms. barbara bickford
$50
Ms. Doria M Sylvester
$50
Ms. Holly Montipagni
$30
Ms. Lauren Smith
$30
Ms. Meaghan Talty
$30
Ms. Pauline Buturlia
$25
Ms. Sheila Melancon
$50
Ms. Ziyan Wu
N Paton
$60
Nancy Germain
$200
Nat and Jen
$100
Pat Riopelle
$100
Paulette Harvey
$30
Rick Talty
$150
Robert Bowen
$150
Roger Lampron
$150
Ron Bloom
$126
Rose Bastien
$100
Sara Rutstein
$25
Sarah DuBois
$50
Suzanne Meltzer
$25
T Keoseian
$50
Terrence McCarthy
$100
The Bedards - in honor and Karen and Marlene.
$100
The Lewis Family in Memory of Rebekah Dodson
$100
The Santos' in memory of our brother.
$25
The The Building Blocks Pre School
$100
The Truett Family
Valerie Northrop
Zoe Anderson
Help raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute  and the Jimmy Fund
Every dollar raised helps fuel Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's 50-50 balance between lifesaving research and total patient care.
Together, we can conquer cancer!














2019 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Conquering cancer with some Team Pepere Members in September 2018!
Conquering cancer with some Team Pepere Members in September 2018!

Team Pepere

Welcome to Team Pepere!  We thank you for coming and donating to our page or joining our walk team.

I am Derik, the team Captain and...

As most of you know, I am one of the lucky ones.  Well, I suppose lucky is relative.  Relative, because ten years ago I was diagnosed with a highly aggressive and rare form of cancer in my sinus cavity, Sino Nasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma (SNUC for short).  How aggressive and how rare you ask?  After a reading a study in that comprised in 2013, the 2 year survival rate is only 20% after treatment in the United States and 8% in Canada.  

I consider myself lucky for lots of reasons.  For one, which is obvious, I survived something that most people do not.  This means I have a lot more time to devote to the important things – family, friends, and paying it forward.   The second reason I am lucky is and it may need an explanation for some is, I got Cancer.  Weird, right?  You see, Cancer has really opened my eyes to many things.  For starters, it’s not just something old people get, sun worshipers get, or smokers get.  The truth is, it does not discriminate.  I still remember my first visits to Dana Farber.  Where I had to go to head upstairs for Head and Neck Oncology appointments, I would have to walk through the Pediatric Cancer area on the 3rd floor seeing all the children.  On my worst days (and I had some ad ones), I could never imagine being one of the parents of these kids.  There is no word or words that one could say that was going to change the somber feeling while traveling through this area.  The only thing that could break these silences were the kids themselves as they do their best to put everyone else at ease with a joke or goofy gesture.  There were days when I would feel like one of these kids trying to cheer everyone else up.  After all, I was the only one going through this ordeal medicated….Everyone else had to go through it clean and sober. 

To put this in perspective at the time of my diagnosis, I was 34 years old, married with 2 children.  My older daughter Jocelyne was 4 and my youngest Jacqueline was barely 6 months.  Prior to finding out that I was going to be treated at DFCI I have to admit I was a complete basket case with all sorts of (not positive) thoughts running through my mind.  Though I did question the timing, I never questioned “why me”, trying to stay positive I had the attitude “why not me” especially after realizing Cancer does not discriminate and that just how many other families were in the same boat as mine.

At Dana Farber, right from the start, I felt like I was in the best of hands.  I wasn’t just assigned one doctor that handles cancer.  I was assigned a team of doctors and nurses that specifically handle head and neck cancers.  What comforted us the most was their bedside manner as I always felt like I was their only patient.  The team at Dana Farber always looked at the positive and driving towards getting rid of the cancer.  They didn’t quote statistics or dwell on the negative.  With their strong positive force, I had no choice but to look forward, propelling myself to get better (even in my days when I felt at my worst) and towards a declaration of NED (No Evidence of Disease).  The team looked over every detail of my health and created an environment where getting better was the only option.

I do believe that I wouldn’t be here without them.  They kept my family whole and for that we are indebted.  Please help me pay-it-forward for the next family who faces the same situation. 

Your support goes directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate care. Funds raised through the Jimmy Fund Walk enable Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.

Thank you for supporting our team in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!

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