My journey to participating in the Jimmy Fund Walk has been a long and winding one. When I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in May 2015, I had no idea what the future would hold for me. Three years later, I’m overjoyed to share that I remain in remission a year after completing over two years of treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
There were times when my treatment was extremely difficult, with setbacks and some serious complications. But, through all the scary and stressful moments, I knew I always had the exceptional care and support of my wonderful medical team. They continuously showed the utmost dedication and compassion to me and my family, and were with us every step of the way as I battled my illness.
Dana-Farber is dedicated to addressing the medical and emotional needs of its patients, and I continue to take advantage of the amazing Young Adult Program and workshops dedicated to survivorship and transitioning to life after cancer treatment. I was treated with respect, kindness, and empathy by each and every Dana-Farber employee that I interacted with. If you can have luck in a horrible situation, I feel extremely lucky and fortunate that I was able to be treated at Dana-Farber.
During my treatment, I looked forward to the day I would be able to participate in the Jimmy Fund Walk. I walked for the first time in 2017 and it was an amazing day full of joy and hope. It felt great to be able to celebrate completing my treatment with my family and friends and to give something back to a wonderful organization that has helped so many people and given so much to me. I can’t wait to walk again this year with my team, the Acute Lymphomaniacs.
I know that most of us have been affected by cancer in some capacity, whether directly or indirectly. Raising money for cancer centers like Dana-Farber that excel in both groundbreaking research and world-class patient care is a wonderful way to contribute to the goal of a tomorrow without cancer.
Any donations you can give to support the work done by Dana-Farber are very much appreciated!!
I am participating in the 2018 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!
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!