Participating in the Jimmy Fund Walk the last four years has been an unexpected but incredible way to give back to the organization that saved my sister's life. When she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in May 2015, I had no idea what the future would hold for her or our family. And everyday I am grateful for her miraculous recovery.
I can only imagine the trials and hardships she went through during her treatment. And despite an often fatal diagnosis, I also knew she was in the best hands possible - the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Their unique 50/50 emphasis on both cutting-edge cancer research and first-class patient care were vital in my sister's recovery. I feel lucky and privileged that we had the team at Dana-Farber behind us, and that my sister's story was able to have a happy ending.
2017 was the first year we participated in the Jimmy Fund Walk, and it was an amazing day full of joy and hope. It felt great to be able to celebrate the end of my sister's treatment with family and friends, and to give something back to a wonderful organization that has helped so many people. I’ve been walking with my sister every year since, and I can’t wait to participate for the fifth time this year with our team, the Acute Lymphomaniacs.
I know that most of us have been affected by cancer in some capacity, whether directly or indirectly. Raising money for cancer centers like Dana-Farber that excel in both groundbreaking research and world-class patient care is a wonderful way to contribute to the goal of a tomorrow without cancer.