Michael's Fundraising Page

Penny and I walking in 2017 for Ron Ledoux
Penny and I walking in 2017 for Ron Ledoux

WALKING FOR MY WIFE PENNY AND MY DAUGHTER KIMBERLY

For over 30 years I have participated in fund raising for the Jimmy Fund. Those of you who know me and have supported me over the years have heard my reasons for walking starting with my father passing due to cancer when I was 6 years old. Each year I have dedicated my efforts to a family member or friend afflicted with cancer at that time. Some have beaten the cancer, but too many have lost their battle and their fight must continue.

 I believed last year would be my last year to participate in the Jimmy Fund Walk and ask family and friends for financial support. However, my wife, Penny, and my daughter, Kimberly, were both diagnosed in the last year with a rare cancer “gene” called Birt-Hogg-Dube' Syndrome. Birt-Hogg-Dube' Syndrome, referred to as (BHD), is an extremely rare hereditary cancer “gene” that affects only 400 families world wide. Because it is so rare not many people know about it much less have ever heard about it. It is so rare that Penny’s personal physician had never heard of it and had to look it up. Her Dermatologist who has been practicing for over 30 years told Penny she was only the second case he had ever seen. BHD is a cancer gene that affects the skin, lungs and kidneys. There is no known cure for BHD at this time, but what Penny and I are trying to do is make the medical profession and people aware of this. Increased awareness will allow people who do have BHD and do not know it knowledgeable of the symptoms. One in three people get kidney cancer. Some of the signs of BHD are pale skin bumps on your face, ears, neck, or upper body. A spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is another sign. Eight years ago while Kimberly was standing in the police station at work all of a sudden her lung collapsed for no apparent reason. She was rushed to the hospital and was out of work for eight weeks. Doctors had no idea why the lung collapsed and BHD wasn’t something they would have tested for. Kidney cysts and/or tumors are another sign. However, if you are not aware that you have BHD there would be no reason for your doctor to consider kidney and lung scans until problems arise and then it is to late.

Therefore, this is why I am once again lacing up my sneakers and reaching out to my family and friends to support cancer research and to make people aware of this rare cancer gene called BHD.

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$10,025
Goal:$7,500
Michael Healy's Team: Team Police Chiefs
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THANK YOU TO MY DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Fundraising Honor Roll
Al &Penny Hadfield
$30
Alan Davis
$100
Ann Nash
$100
Barbara Grady
$50
Bob & Debby Faulconer
$50
Bob & Theresa Ledoux
$30
Carol Amaral
$50
Carol Amaral
$50
Chief Paul F. Armitage, Ret.
$100
Chief Reggie Redfern (Ret.)
$100
Denise King
$25
Dr. Bonny Gifford
$100
Edward Shead
$100
Ernest Phillips
$50
Foster Kay
$100
From all of us here at MRI..
$200
Gerry Shattuck
$100
Glenn and Mary Ellen Parker in Memory of Dick Parker
$50
In support of the Healy Family
$100
James Tomkinson
$25
Jean Frazier
$50
Jeffrey Majewski
$140
Joann Sharp
$100
John Bell
$30
John Shea
$25
Kathleen (Katy) Burgess
$50
Kathleen Gonsalves
$35
Kathleen Ledoux
$50
Kenneth Goldner
$50
Kevin Grady
$25
Lauren Elg
$100
Les & Marsha in support of Michael Healy
$50
Leslie Whitney
$50
Michael Healy
$20
Michael MCAULIFFE
$50
Michale Roche
$100
Michelle
$25
Mr. & Mrs. George A MacConnell
$350
Mr. Angel Rosario
$50
Mr. brad surner
$50
Mr. CHARLES HEATON
$250
Mr. David Healy
$50
Mr. Don Jutton
$100
Mr. Drew Balunas
$100
Mr. Fran Hagerty
$50
Mr. James Smith
$50
Mr. John J. Love
$50
Mr. Johnny Couto
$50
Mr. Michael Mills
$50
Mr. Neil Shailer
$50
Mr. Peter Laitinen
$300
Mr. Richard Cayer
$100
Mr. Robert TROMBLEY
$100
Mr. Steven Carl
$50
Mr. Thomas Plourde
$50
Mrs. Barbara Richard
$50
Mrs. Dawn Bird
$50
Ms. Amy Klaucke
$50
Ms. Beverly Hudson
$50
Ms. Debra Tambeau
$50
Ms. Deepa Subramanian
Ms. Diane Bonanno
$200
Ms. Eileen Wheeler Sheehan
$50
Ms. Jean Klaucke
$100
Pat and Bob Hobam
$50
Patricia Cochrane
$100
Paul Bartsch
$75
Paul Hayes
$25
Penelope Healy
$50
Peter & Cheryl Wildermuth
Peter and Susan Wile
$100
Robert Grady
$100
Robert Haig
$100
Ryan Nickelson
$50
Ryan Nickelson
$30
Sam DiPasquale
$30
Sean Baxter
$100
The Badgequest Inc
$100
The Central Mass Chiefs Of Police Assoc
$300
The Geraghty Family
$50
The National Management & Development Group
$100
The Northborough Lions Foundation
$300
The Powers Family in Memory of Dick Powers
$100
The Regan P Remillard Foundation
$1,000
The Regan P. Remillard Foundation
$2,000
The Shrewsbury Homes, Inc.
$100
Walter & Mary Quinn
$25
William Yanvary
$100
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