Karen's Fundraising Page

Conquer Cancer with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!]
Conquer Cancer with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!

WHY I'M FUNDRAISING WITH THE JIMMY FUND WALK TO DEFY CANCER

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


My daughter, Annie was shockingly diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer - one of the most invasive, aggressive forms of the disease - in February 2016.  Our family was devastated not only because of the diagnosis, but because we have no history of breast cancer in our family.  How could this happen to a young, strong and healthy very young woman?


We scheduled a second opinion at Dana Farber Cancer Institute with oncologist Dr. Ann Partridge - a world-recognized expert in young women’s breast cancer.   We really didn’t want to take treatment at DF - too big, a cancer factory,  we’re just a number - but figured it was in Annie’s backyard, so why not?  We were so wrong.  Both of us were totally impressed with the personal attention, the comfortable atmosphere and the incredible staff and patient support.  Once we met Dr. Partridge our fate was sealed.  


After an aggressive trial chemotherapy treatment, followed by surgery, another round of chemo and finally radiation, Annie completed her treatment 10 months after diagnosis.  We credit the trial chemotherapy with saving her life.  We support Dana Farber with our Jimmy Fund Walk every year with hopes that other families, like ours, will have the opportunity to benefit from the world class research and incredible care that we so greatly benefitted from.


Last November, Annie reached the magical 5 year cancer-free milestone!  Her and her husband, Terrell, welcomed baby Trace in June of 2021 - our little miracle baby.  


Cancer brings extreme highs and extreme lows.  Every 6 months brings a new set of tests, entering “that world” again, holding your breath until results come back clean.  We had our first set back early this summer.  It’s amazing how all the feelings you thought were under control and in the past all unravel again with one phone call.  We are in the midst of continued testing and have fingers crossed that all will be clear by our Jimmy Fund Walk.   I find myself once again so very thankful that we are at Dana Farber.



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 2022 walk.  As we say, Together We Can Defy Cancer.

Lots of love, 

KB

http://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/goto/KarenBali


(Checks made payable to Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk may be left for me at the Simsbury Farms Pro Shop!)



PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$5,728
Goal:$10,000
Karen Bali's Team: Young and Strong
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THANK YOU TO MY DONORS

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AMOUNT
Fundraising Honor Roll
Adamowicz's
Andrea Huntley
$30
Ann & Paul Mikkelson
$100
Anonymous
Anonymous
$100
Art Emmons
$50
AssAssUp
$202
Barbara and David Bush
$100
Betty Burkholder
$50
Bob and Holly Crowther
$100
Carol & David Galbraith
Cheryl G
$50
Colleen O'connor
$50
Dan Sullivan
$150
Ed & Ronnie Maloney
$30
Fish
$75
Gary Rogers
$100
Greg Bubnash
$100
Jackie and Steve Robie
$100
James Peters
$100
Jan & Bob Marsh
$100
Jeri and Barry Mazel
$100
Jim Collins
$100
Jim Matteo
$50
Joanne and Mark Niland
$500
John Kuzia
$50
JOHN VERRENGIA
$201
KB
$240
Kenneth J Eilers
$100
Leslie Pelzar
$100
Liz Wilson
Matthew Fitch
$100
Michael Gillis
$100
Mike and Jo, KB walk on!
$100
Mj Bennett Sandell & John Sandell
$100
Mr. Donald Lockyer
$40
Mr. Ed Wrobel
$300
Mr. George Galske
Mr. Pete DiSturco
$30
Ms. Christine Boswell
$100
Ms. Eileen Siegel
$50
Ms. Karen L Bali
$15
Ms. Mary Scanlon
$50
Patty Crawford
Pro
$5
Robert Primmer
$100
Shaun Murphy
$100
Sheila Misericordia
$100
T B
$30
The Coombes Family
$100
The Egan Family
$500
The Pyatts
$100
Tom & Sue Kornacki
$100
Tom Wassell
$200
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