December 2019 will mark the 11th Memorial for Cheun Lee. While time marches on, there will always be a place in our hearts that misses the husband, father and friend that cancer took away all too soon. However, Larissa, Derek and I are committed to raising funds and to finding a cure against this life-altering disease. This is our story…
In April of 2008, our father and husband, Cheun Lee, was diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer. While we were lucky enough to be close to some of the leading sarcoma doctors in the field at Mass General Hospital, fighting this disease was an uphill battle. Dad was treated with intensive chemo, radiation and surgery to remove the football sized tumor that had quickly grown inside his body. Despite all efforts, we were on the losing end of this battle. Cheun passed away on December 24, 2008, Christmas Eve. For those of you counting, that is only 8 months from the time he was diagnosed.
Now, we don’t want to spend too much time on what a great father Cheun was (because he was the best!) or what a great husband Cheun was (because he loved our Mom dearly), or what a great friend he was (because he made so many people smile and laugh) because I want to motivate you to walk and donate. Here are just some of the many reasons:
• My dad will never get to celebrate his 52nd birthday
• My parents weren't able to celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary together
• My dad was not able to see Derek graduate from college, and medical school
• My dad will not be able to walk Larissa down the aisle one day or buy her first home (someday)
• Cheun will not make people laugh with his witty banter
• Father’s Day will never be the same
While life goes on, it doesn’t hurt any less to not have your father and husband share it with you. Though Cheun is no longer here with us, we try our best to live life in ways that honor his memory. This year, Derek started 1st year residency in CT hospital, while Larissa achieved VP position with Ketchum in the Big Apple and living happily with Leia (my furry granddaughter). The 3 of us travels together whenever we get a chance. We carry Cheun’s memorial card with us at all times. This year we visited Curacao, Disney Tokyo Japan, Hong Kong, St Maarten and our favorite place Hawaii.
We hope that you will donate to our page and support us on our Jimmy Fund walk on Sep 22, 2019. No one should have to lose a loved one before their time.
Remember to hold your family and friends close and thank you for your support! Together, we can conquer cancer!