Once again, I am participating in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. This 2019 Walk is Dana-Farber's 31st walk and my 28th. As many of you know, I've missed 3 walks and agreed to do 13.1 one year, when my family thought I was too old to continue doing 26.2. But that 13.1 was many years ago, and I am still planning to do 26.2 this year, though perhaps a bit more slowly than in years past. And, after all, the only record-holding that counts is Dana-Farber's continued commitment to finding ways to make cancer preventable and treatable :-).
Last year, before I sent out my note for my 27th walk to all of you folks who have supported Dana-Farber with me, someone remarked, " you can just copy
and paste your note from the previous walk." Although I change my note and this page a bit each year, two themes remain the same: there's been great progress in cancer research and treatment, but more remains to be done and
committing to doing this walk each year is also good "fitness policy" for
me. As I think back over the years, for me the biggest change is the
realization that although the diseases known as cancer may never be
completely wiped out, we have already reached a point where quite a few kinds of cancer are preventable or early to detect and treat. And, there may yet come a time when most of them can all be treated in a way that those who have cancer can go on living full, productive lives with manageable side effects. That's a worthwhile goal, which Dana-Farber contributes to achieving, and is one of the reasons I'm glad to contribute. I hope that goal will make you glad to contribute, too.
When you make contribute to Dana-Farber on this fund-raising page, 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.
As always, I am dedicating my walk in memory of my Mom and Ray's Mom, who fought and endured cancer with bravery and dignity many, many years ago, and in memory of my Dad, who loved to walk. And, as always, I will take the names of everyone who donates on this page, and those they honor and remember, with me on the day of the walk, so that we will all be "walking" together in support of cancer research and treatment.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!