I am participating in the 2022 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.
This is why:
"My name is Jason Rakitin and I was diagnosed with gastrointestinal neuroectodermal sarcoma in October 2016. I was 40 years old at the time. Prior to my diagnosis, I led a very healthy lifestyle. I may have enjoyed the occasional IPA or two, but I was also a devout Crossfitter at CFTC in Bellingham and took any opportunity I could to get out on a golf course with my guys.
I recall experiencing a random set of symptoms which prompted a Friday afternoon doctor appointment. I was dealing with slight fever, loss of appetite, some trouble with bowel movement and some pain/tightness across my lower back. I recall having difficulty yawning and getting a deep breath as well.
The Dr. took an x-ray which didn’t show any abnormalities and informed me that if the pain persists over the weekend to go to the ER. The pain did persist and so that Saturday night, I drove myself to the ER fully ready to deal with a kidney stone or something like that. The team did some blood work and a quick CT Scan and then I waited. I’ll never forget the attending ER Dr.’s words when he walked into my room. “It looks like you have some lesions on your liver and we have to admit you immediately”, he said.
After something like eight rounds of chemotherapy, 10 radiation sessions and many very expensive pills, I find my wondering how this could possibly happen to someone who just wanted to raise his two girls, spend time with his amazing wife and friends and enjoy some simple pleasures like IPA and football in the fall."
Those were Jason's words written a week before he passed away. Jason was a Dana Farber patient.
When you make a gift to my Walk, you’re directly supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge research and compassionate patient 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 Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising efforts. Together, we can defy cancer!