This is my 7th straight year participating in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, and my 5th year as Team Captain of the Maurine, Cindy, Paul and Patrick’s Troopers team.
The main reason I walk is for my late sister-in-law Maurine Turcotte. Maurine lost her almost 6 year battle with breast cancer on April 22, 2013 at age 51. Even though Maurine lived with the disease all that time, it was hard to imagine that it would eventually take her life. She was one of the most positive and optimistic people you would ever meet. She left behind so many people who loved her, including the three most important, her husband Jim (my younger brother) and her sons Dylan and Tyler who were 15 and 13 when she passed. Those three guys will always and forever miss her, as will everyone whose life she touched. I spent a lot of time with Maurine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for doctor appointments, chemotherapy and radiation treatment and various blood tests and scans. So I got to see firsthand the incredible treatment she received.
On May 29, 2013, just a little over a month after Maurine left us, my cousin Cynthia Trottier Denya passed away from Melanoma at age 54. This was so shocking since it happened so quickly. Cindy had a relapse from the disease that she had 15 years earlier and in just a matter of months, she was gone. Her sister Pat Trottier Robitaille stayed by her side as the end neared and took such good care of Cindy. Cindy leaves behind her children Paul and Kimberly, their spouses and 5 young grandchildren. As well as her Mother Therese Trottier, sister Patricia Robitaille and brothers Rick and Bob Trottier and many, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
My Aunt and namesake Lynda Bushey also passed away from breast cancer over 20 years ago and my Mother was a 14 year breast cancer survivor until her passing on December 14, 2014. Sadly on March 31, 2015 I lost a friend of 30 years, Kathy Garnett to lung cancer. It’s all around us and everyone has been touched by someone who has survived or succumbed to this horrific disease. So I walk in memory of the loved ones we lost and to raise money and awareness in order to help anyone diagnosed in the future. I would love nothing more but to see a cure in my lifetime. Once again, all of the funds raised by our team for this year’s Walk will go directly to support the research of Dr. Harold Burstein of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Burstein was the oncologist who treated Maurine and I have much admiration for him.
When you make a gift to my walk, you’re directly supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate cancer care. Your support allows Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!