Dear Friends and Family,
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.
Every year I walk for someone I know diagnosed with cancer. I do not have to throw a wide net. Somehow there is always a person close to my heart. This year I walk to honor the memory of my beautiful, intelligent, and strong niece, Jackie, diagnosed at the tender age of eighteen with a sarcoma. Jackie balanced her treatments with attending college, traveling, volunteering in the community, and spending time with close family and friends. Her positive attitude, humor, caring, and joie de vivre was a wonder to behold. Unfortunately she lived to just shy of her twenty fourth birthday. Her life goal was to effect positive change. In her short life Jackie exemplified this goal with her students, family, friends, and medical providers. Her shining spirit lives in my heart.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!