The first year that I ever walked 26.2 miles for the Jimmy Fund was in 2006 with my dad and his friends. I agreed to doing it solely because it was a day with my dad, just he and his little girl. Little did we know that years later, Dana Farber would play a huge role in my dad's life.
When I was 15 years old, my dad was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer. On my 16th birthday I remember visiting him in the hospital after he had just had his right arm amputated. The doctors said that this was his best option to decrease his chances of the cancer returning. Seeing my dad without an arm was different, scary, interesting, but he was still my dad and all I truly wanted was for him to just be okay.
For years he struggled with his health because the cancer, radiation, and chemotherapy did a number to his body. I remember the days where he’d break down and apologize to his children for not having two arms. For being weak from all of the treatment. For not being able to do the activities he used to do with us when he had two arms. He’d often ask us “do you remember me when I had two arms?” and sometimes I truly didn’t.
As years went on, my dads health had its ups and downs, but he always came out on top. I continued to participate in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk with my family in honor of him and his fight with cancer.
Sadly, on February 26, 2016 his health struggles became too much for his body to overcome. Though he’s not physically with us, he’s always around. Because of him, I continue ever year to participate in the walk no matter how many times during the walk I say "this is it! This will be my last year! I'm getting to old to walk a marathon!"
My goal is to hit pacesetter this year and reach $1,500 in fundraising. Will you help me reach my goal? For my dad and for all the lives that have been impacted by cancer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I love you to the moon and back Fatha. I’ll always be your third son (he called me that because growing up I was a tomboy and I always kept up with my brothers), midg (short for midget), devil child.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!