Words I never thought I would hear: "You have Cancer". Words I have been waiting to hear ever since: "You are Cancer Free".
Yesterday, after what truly feels like an eternity, I heard those exact words. "You are CANCER FREE". It settled in overnight and today I woke up feeling extremely light hearted and so thankful for the team of doctors, nurses, family, friends, Bonaventure Community and amazing Jimmy Fund family who got me to where I am today! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't in tears writing this. Each one of you truly helped me stay strong even on my worst days.
To be honest, after my personal experience, I wasn't sure I would want to return to working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. I have volunteered, worked, and fund raised for cancer since I was in 5th grade and did a speech about cancer during our D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony. Literally since then, I have been fully on board. I have lost family members, friends, and seen and heard horrible things. But I have also seen the amazing (and undoubtedly, very hard) work that goes on behind the scenes. I have seen co-workers staying at the office late night (on development salaries I might add) to do their part in making a difference. I have heard doctors cry while giving speeches about their patients who have gone before us. I have seen the labs where cutting edge research is being made. For all these reasons and so many more, I have decided to continue on this path of cancer fundraising because I now know how truly important it is.
Team DOLLIVER STRONG is up and registered for this years 30th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. I welcome anyone to join the team to fund raise and walk with us and to give a gift to my page. I am restricting my funds raised to my amazing doctor and his research team so that they can continue to improve the treatment and quality of life to those affected.
Let's CONQUER CANCER together! #DolliverStrong
When you make a gift to my walk, you’re directly supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate cancer 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 participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!