While things look a lot different this year, it hasn't stopped me from raising awareness and monetary support of cancer research and treatment. This Sunday, October 4, I will be virtually joining thousands of other Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk participants by walking 13.1 miles from a remote location, for my 15th year in a row!
I formed Team Bucky Rogers, when my grandfather, Harold "Bucky" Rogers, lost his battle with acute leukemia in 2006. My gramps was not only a loving father and grandfather, but he was my best friend. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and the impact he had on my life. For that reason, I have vowed to always walk, because it's the least I can do; I hope that the money we raise can ensure someone you know will have better odds.
Over the course of 15 years, I have witnessed too many of my loved ones, and my friends' loved ones lose their battles with cancer. In 2018, I lost my mejor amigo, Carlos Padillo, (video here) to his two year battle to prostate/bone cancer at the age of 58. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him and the light he brought to so many of us. Carlos came into my life when my grandfather passed away and he helped mend my broken heart by sharing the same passion of baseball and of the Red Sox that my grandfather and I had shared together.
At the same time, I am also fortunate to have witnessed how 15 years of groundbreaking research and treatment at Dana-Farber has saved the lives of many of my family and friends.
I hope you will join me in making a gift in memory or in honor of those in your life who have fought and continue to fight the brave fight.
Much love and appreciation,