Team Katie Bleck will be back in Boston on Oct. 2 for the Jimmy Fund Walk! This year is bittersweet, as it’s our first time back in person since the pandemic and also the first time walking in memory of my beautiful and courageous mother, Linda. My mom passed away on 8/8/22, after an extremely hard-fought battle with metastatic breast cancer.
This is Team Katie Bleck's 21st year walking and my first time walking in memory of my Mom. I walk for so many incredible souls; for Mom, for Katie, for my Mother-in-law Deryl, for Bob, for Candy, for Sue. For my bright light, Rachael, who endured chemo treatments alone due to the pandemic - all before she turned 30. I walk for every patient whose life has been turned upside down in an instant, over and over again. I walk for every parent, child, sibling, spouse and friend who has watched their loved one suffer through this unpredictable and terrible disease.
The care my mother received in 2010 and again during the last five years was truly amazing. I got to see the difference 10 years makes in the quality of life for cancer patients due to advancements in medical care. The work the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber does is world-renowned for a reason.
The team I walk with - Team Katie Bleck - is near and dear to my heart. The Katie Bleck Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Katie Bleck, who died from leukemia in 2002. Katie’s vision was to recognize graduating high school cancer patients for their heroic fight against cancer. While a leukemia patient at Boston Children’s Hospital as a high school junior, Katie expressed frustration that she was too ill to qualify for any academic scholarships. She frequently said, “I should get a scholarship just for all the bad things I have to go through every day.” Katie believed that having a scholarship fund would help relieve some college financial burden and give recipients recognition and hope for the future. Her unique memorial scholarship fund fulfills this dream.
We would love your support to carry on this incredible scholarship fund. No gift is too small!
Thank you for your continued support!