This past March, I had the opportunity to attend a truly amazing event. The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber hosted a brunch to honor and recognize the incredible people who participated in last year's walk. Last year, the Rak Pack raised $32,000! We did an amazing job and as a result, Nicole our team captain won an award for Outstanding Team Captain of 2018. She did an incredible job getting our team organized and motivated!!
At the brunch, the stories of two speakers were especially moving. The first was a mom whose husband lost his battle with esophageal cancer. Her gut-wrenching story illustrated how the people at Dana-Farber are so tuned into the needs of the whole family as they deal with a family member struggling to fight a relentless disease. I don't know how she managed to get through her story without falling apart - but she did.
She then introduced us to her husband's oncologist. He has remained close to the family and has struggled with not being able to save this patient. He fought back tears several times as he spoke about how he got to know his patient and his family. To see a doctor from a prestigious hospital like Dana-Farber speak about a patient in the way he did illustrates just how special Dana-Farber is. All of the staff at Dana-Farber who treated Jason over the course of his battle were just as compassionate and caring.
This year, I am walking again in honor of my son. I hope to raise $2,500 to help Dana-Farber and the amazing staff do what they do best - provide hope and a caring environment for families struggling with a ruthless disease. Eventually, the researchers will find cures to many types of cancer. I'm hoping that I live to see a cure for one particular type - gastro-intestinal sarcoma - the cancer that ultimately beat Jason. He was so brave and so humble in how he handled himself during his excruciatingly painful ordeal. Every day, I remember his ordeal and I draw strength and inspiration from his example.
I hope you will consider walking with our team on September 22. As a first time walker last year, I can tell you that it was the most exhilarating and gut-wrenching experience I have ever had. I can't wait to do it again!
If you can't walk, I hope you'll consider supporting me in and my team in any way you can as we try to conquer this awful disease in my lifetime. Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!