I began volunteering for the Jimmy Fund/DFCI in 2004 in appreciation for the advances already made in the fight against cancer, and to support research to help those who would be diagnosed in the days or years ahead. Since then, I have lost friends and family to cancer.
Each year, I write their names on a memorial ribbon at the completion of my walk. On a second ribbon, I write the names of those who are fighting, or better, who have won their fight against cancer.
This year, I will have a new name to add to the second ribbon. A dear friend was diagnosed with CLL, and is being followed at DFCI. Thankfully, he doesn’t yet need any intervention and has been told this is a “die with”, not a “die from” situation. That qualified good news is likely due to the work DFCI and other research centers continue.
As our lives return to the new, post-pandemic normal, I am beginning my training for this year’s Jimmy Fund Boston Marathon Walk. Please help me support not only the crucial research which continues at DCI, but the compassionate patient care they provide.