MY PERSONAL STATEMENT–WHY I’M ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT:
Since 2010, I’ve had (plead chemo brain if I forget to list stuff) three regimes of inductive chemotherapy, two cycles of radiation, at least nine surgical procedures (including three lung excisions and two neurosurgeries), four and a half years of maintenance (palliative) chemo (good cancer news), along with a range of side effects that defy one’s imagination. Now, I’ve graduated to the palliative trial & error stage–trying to find a new treatment that will effectively counter my cancer.
Please know that I’m grateful, feel well, feel happy, both content and sad about my future. DFCI prepares me for all eventualities. Acceptance frees me.
What oppurtunities have the skills and dedication of my DFCI/BWH medical team given me over these baker’s dozen of years?
I’ve also watched our sons marry women we love and cherish, revel in the grace of a grandson, am blessed with 45 years together with my wife and best friend, feel and experience the love and support of family and friends. Have the opportunity to give back to new and peer cancer patients what was given to me–comfort, shared experience, a non-judgmental ear that welcomes venting (vent or you implode), a sense of community, of never feeling alone, never thinking that crazy visions playing in our minds are anything other than normal.
Then the trivial stuff: living on Sanibel Island, traveling to London and Paris, having seven collections of poetry published, winning the 2017 Frank O’Hara Prize for Poetry, having the thrill of performing live poetry from the stage.
THIS IS MY STORY. IMAGINE THOUSANDS OF OTHER STORIES—COMPELLING, HEARTWARMING, AND HEATBREAKING. THEN GIVE. MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MANY LIVES.
Donors of $100 or more will receive a gift–your choice of my newest book or any other (see smallpoetatlarge.com for details.)
I love you.
THE FINE PRINT:
I am participating in the 2022 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 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!