6th time's a charm? Catch us [if you can] between Hopkinton and Copley Square this October for the 2022 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.
Continuity is Key
Since dad's Whipple procedure in 2012...
...more than 600,000 Americans have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a disease with an average prognosis of 3-12 months.
...every day, 160 more patients and their families are told, "you'll want to settle your affairs."
...the 5 year survival rate has moved only slightly, from 7% to 11%.
...treatment options are still limited.
...there are no methods for early detection of the disease.
The COVID-19 pandemic further stalled important scientific research, and pancreatic cancer patients have no time to lose. Since my dad's passing in 2017, our team and community has raised more than $12,000 for care and research, but we can't stop now. We'll walk this route until all patients can thrive.
Our dad received cutting-edge, compassionate care at DFCI for more than 4 years, an outcome many consider a miracle. We had 4 years of memories more than we were originally given when he was first. That time means everything, and we want to give more time back to more families.
Their scientists, oncologists, nurses and staff have been changing the face of cancer care for decades:
- The first research program in chemotherapy for children with cancer (1947).
- The first in clinical trials for children diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which today play a key role in building toward current cure rates of 85 to 90 percent.
- The first limb-salvage surgeries by Dr. Hugh Watts for children with osteosarcoma, which led to increased cure rates and improved quality of life.
- One of the nation's first genetic testing programs for members of families with an inherited susceptibility to cancer.
- The Institute established the nation's first Adult Patient and Family Advisory Council, which has become a model for other centers to involve patients and their families in developing the highest standard of comprehensive and compassionate health care.
When you make a gift to my Walk, you’re directly supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge research and compassionate patient 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 Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising efforts. Together, we can defy cancer!