I am participating in the 2020 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world in which all cancers are preventable or can be detected and treated early-on.
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.
This 2020 Walk is Dana-Farber's 32st walk and my 29th. 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 fighting cancer!
Although I change my note and this page a bit each year, some themes remain the same: there's been great progress in cancer research and treatment, 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. That's a worthwhile goal, which Dana-Farber contributes to achieving. It is one of the reasons my husband and I are glad to contribute. I hope that goal will make you glad to contribute, too.
I feel so lucky to know so many people who are living with cancer, whose cancers have been eradicated or are in remission or who are continuing be treated, living full, productive lives with manageable side effects. Many of the treatments which have helped them were not available when I first started doing this walk, way back in 1990. That’s pretty amazing! I also sadly remember folks for whom treatments were not available, and know that they would want research and treatment to continue to make life better for others. You probably have those same lucky and sad feelings, too. So, please "walk" with me by contributing on this fund-raising page. As always, I will take the names of everyone who contributes, and those they honor and remember, with me: we will all be walking together on October 4th.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!