Those of you who know me, know that cancer has really had an impact on my life. I have lost more people who were very dear to me then I ever care to count and sadly the number of people in my life that continue to battle this terrible disease is ever rising.
This will be my third Jimmy Fund Walk and it will be the third year that I am walking because my Great Uncle Joe cannot. This event is extremely special to my Uncle Joe. If you read our team story, you'll hear all about his grandson (my cousin) Declan and what a freaking warrior that kid is. My uncle walked the full marathon in support of Declan for years! Sadly, after a serious injury and more recently a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, he is no longer able to walk in the event. But, I can! So, I will walk 26.2 miles again this year in honor of my Uncle Joe, his battle and in honor (or in memory) of everyone else in my life who has battled, is battling or lost a battle with cancer.
I passionately hate this disease and sincerely feel that participating in the Jimmy Fund walk is a small way that I can make a difference. It is a way to support my cousin Tina who is currently fighting breast cancer and support my Uncle Joe. It is a way to remember my amazing grandmother, my research advisor, my Great Uncle Conrad, my sweet father-in-law, and my dear friend Kathey. It may hurt the next day, walking 26.2 miles is not joke! But it is nothing compared to what those who battle this disease directly endure. I love you all!! and I walk for you!!
I am participating in the 2019 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!
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!