This will be my third year walking in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. I will be joined by Team Sarcoma Co-Captain Paige Tobie, in our effort to raise funding for this terrible cancer, that gets so little attention.
Each year, I have walked for all of my patients with sarcoma. Sarcomas are tumors of musculoskeletal origin. They are rare, with over 75 different sub-types. Some sarcomas have less than 100 people diagnosed every year, and the most common has approximately 5000 patients. That is compared to the most common carcinomas that have hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed. Sarcoma has no ribbon. It is often times misdiagnosed and we are in critical need of funding to push forward research efforts.
This year, I have one particular patient in mind. A young woman that inspired me immensely in her daily struggle with her disease. She was optimistic, kept the necessary sense of humor always helpful in such dire situations, and her embracement of people and life was awe inspiring. She recently lost her battle with her particular sarcoma, and with grace and dignity she left this mortal coil. I was truly honored to have taken care of her, and her memory will continue to fuel me to fight for others with sarcoma, for as long as I am breathing! For her, her parents, and for all my patients, I will be pushing myself a little further this year to tackle the 13 mile course.
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 and bring awareness to rare tumors like sarcoma!