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Let's Neuk the Leuk at the Jimmy Fund Walk!
Let's Neuk the Leuk at the Jimmy Fund Walk!

WHY I'M FUNDRAISING WITH THE JIMMY FUND WALK TO FIGHT CANCER

This is my fourth year participating in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk to raise funds for the organization that saved my life. 

This year, however, I decided to get specific and have decided to raise funds for the doctor/super-hero that saved my life-- Dr. Daniel DeAngelo. He & his research team help discover treatment plans for the many kinds of leukemias that do not yet have a cure, and that is where the dollars I raise will go towards. 

On February 20, 2014, when I heard the words "leukemia" for the first time at Framingham Union Hospital, I was given the choice of either Tufts or Dana-Farber. After a quick Google search, we decided on DFCI. At that time, the rounding doctor learned of my situation and said he had a friend at Dana-Farber who happened to be a leukemia oncologist there and that he'd give him a call to see if he could "squeeze" a "24 year-old leuk patient" into his completely full roster of patients. What I didn't know is that that friend he was calling was a world-renowned leukemia oncologist who had been instrumental in discovering the treatment plan that I would be put on and that would eventually save my life. I have thought about that moment quite often as a moment that altered the course of my life --- I was given the gift of the best leukemia doctor in the region (also the world!).  

I am lucky to say that "world's best doctor" turned out to feel more like family than a doctor. "Dr. D" was the man who answered every single one of my questions, picked up my phone calls at 11:30 at night when he was on vacation with his family, gave me big hugs when I entered the room, had a belly laugh I could hear coming from down the hall, the man who drove two and half hours to the Cape (after treating patients all day) to be there for my wedding. Dr. D is an incredible, empathetic physician because he knows the ins and outs of the treatment plans because he's the person discovering them! He and his team are pushing the boundaries in medicine to find cures for those that currently don't have a path to a healthy life like I was given. As the Director of Clinical and Translational Research in the leukemia program, he travels all around the world to share his findings and educate those on 'what's next' in leukemic care. Your dollars don't just go towards "research" -- they go towards a doctor's work that has committed his life to finding a cure for those with blood cancers. They go towards future 24-year-olds diagnosed with rare forms of leukemia, so that one day Dr. D can attend their wedding too. 

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for supporting my efforts to Neuk the Leuk by funding the incredible work that is being done by Dr. DeAngelo and his team!

Lots of love & light,

Jessy

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$3,170
Goal:$2,500
Jessica Stevens' Team: Neuk the Leuk
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THANK YOU TO MY DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Fundraising Honor Roll
Abbey Tiderman
$50
Alecia Devanna
$30
Alex Villa
Anonymous
Anonymous
Arbella Insurance Foundation for David Hattman
$100
Aunt Eileen
$30
Aunt Mary
$30
Dan Dewey
$100
Dani Poisson
Danielle Avery
$30
David Hady
$10
Dustin A Ruoff
$50
Elaine Krause
$30
Eric Hausen
$30
Gloria
$30
Jennifer Jonsson
$100
Jess Ottaviano
$50
Julia Merrow
Kathryn Crawford
$30
Kim Manning
$30
Kyle White
$50
Lauren Costello
$30
Leslie Brebner
$25
Leslie Lux
$200
Matt Doyle
$50
Michael Gatti
$50
Michelle Bailey
$50
Mike & Kelsey Giovinelli
$30
Miss Cate Boram
$50
Miss Melissa Duffney
$50
Moose
$30
Mr. Aaron Bouthiette
$100
Mr. David Hattman
$100
Mr. David Walsh
$100
Mr. Francis Ferrara
$30
Mr. Jonathan Mulhern
$100
Mr. Michael Wachs
$100
Mr. Nathan Yanuszewski
$30
Mr. Stephen Jorge
$50
Mr. The Hattman's
$50
Mrs. Amy Weber
$50
Mrs. Barbara Favaloro
$50
Mrs. Brittney Bergeron
$30
Mrs. Cathy Wigley
$100
Mrs. Jessica K Stevens
$125
Mrs. Katie DeAngelis
$50
Mrs. Lyndsey Whitney
$50
Mrs. Sally Ricci
$50
Ms. Johanna Shirman
$50
Ms. Lauren Beach
$50
Ms. Lily Miller
$50
Ms. Marian Spurrier
$50
Ms. Peyton Kent
$25
Nancy Boyle
$50
Stephanie, Dave & Maxwell Lewis
$25
Sue Newton
$25
The Fiorelli Family
Tina Yanuszewski
$30
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