Thank you so much to my wonderful donors. Together, we raised over $63,000 last walk. This year, I will be walking again for The Jolly Good Fellows Team in support of cancer research.
In the last year, Dana Farber has made some amazing strides. Most notably, our very own Dr. William Kaelin was recognized as a winner of the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work in discovering how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. This discovery was born from years of lab work, and it’s thanks to generous donors like you that Dana Farber can cultivate flourishing lab environments for discoveries like Dr. Kaelin’s to grow.
Also in the last year, with your support, I earned the Jimmy Fund Lifetime Fundraising Achievement Award for raising $250,000+ for Dana Farber, which my granddaughter, Paige, accepted on my behalf. Bill received this same award before his passing, and I know that he is smiling down on us as we continue his legacy.
Because of COVID-19, we will not be walking in Boston this year. Instead, I will be walking in Vermont, and will continue to match every dollar I raise. I walked my first marathon in Vermont in 1968 when I organized a group of teens at Rice High School to help special needs children, and it seems fitting that I return there for this year’s Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way.
While there are so many things we can’t do this year, I prefer to focus on what I can do:
I can walk much better than last year thanks to a knee replacement.
I can walk with family members and wave to friends along the way.
I can, and will, walk in honor of all those who are no longer with us.
Though scattered, we will walk in honor of all those going through and living with cancer, and we will save some lives along the way.
Cancer treatment and research can’t pause, and neither will we.
Thank you for all your support and please stay healthy.