Edward Baker was full of a quiet kindness, wisdom and love that spread from him like the roots of a giant oak tree. Millions of people search for someone like him in a husband, friend, partner, or confidant, and I was lucky enough to have him as my Papa. He is the greatest man I know.
On October 29, 2017 we lost his light to a long, hard fought 5-year battle to Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer; all of which was fought along side members of the Head and Neck Oncology, and more specifically the Thyroid Team at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer is an extremely aggressive, vicious beast. In most cases death occurs within 1 year of diagnosis and has an average survival rate of 4-5 months. Dana-Farber gave my family 5 years.
In those 5 years my father was able to see both of his daughters graduate high school, college and graduate school. He was able to meet both rambunctious and silly grandsons. He was able to plant his beloved garden year after year and work on the house he built for his family. He was present for vacations, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and for all the quiet day to day celebrations in between. All things he, as well as our family, would not have had without the determination, dedication and compassion that his team at Dana-Farber provided.
There are more than 900 clinical trials run each year at Dana-Farber and each donation goes directly to the scientists, doctors and all parts of the Dana-Farber Team to further their research to end cancer every single day. I know my donation goal is large, but any donation that you can give goes farther than you realize.
I am honored to walk for my Papa along side members of his medical team for 13.1 miles. Expect me to be back next year for the full marathon!
Thank you for your continued love and support.