I was glad to participate in the 2020 Virtual 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.
My route for this walk -- my 29th walk -- wasn't the same as the "real" walk along the route of the Boston Marathon, which I've done for so many years, but it is helping to raise the funds which Dana-Farber needs to continue research and treatment, and that's what's most important! Since there was no place to take a "bio-break" near my home, I plotted a steep-for-me uphill and downhill 1-ish mile loop near my house, with occasional forays into the hilly woods, and came up 18 miles of walking and trekking. And since Chai, the word for the number 18 in Hebrew, is the same as the Hebrew word for Life, it seemed like just the right number of miles for this year's walk for me.
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 feel so very lucky, too, that improved methods of detection have enabled both my husband and me to have assorted "lumps" removed before they became cancerous. 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 some of these same lucky and sad feelings, too.
This fund-raising page is still open: if you have not
already made a donation to Dana-Farber, I hope you will consider doing
so here or on another page. You will be directly supporting the 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 make strides to conquer cancer!