In the memory of my late wife, Rhonda Htoo, I am walking in her place. Rhonda was a patient at Dana Farber. She survived Stage 4 lung cancer for more than 5 years. She always felt fortunate that she was treated at Dana Farber. Because of her medical and support team at Dana Farber, she enjoyed a wonderful quality of life during the years she lived with lung cancer. The Jimmy Fund Walk was very important to her. It helped her push back against this disease and gave her hope and a sense that she could act to make a difference.. Although she could not walk very far, she made up for it in enthusiasm. When she died last year, just before the walk date, I walked in her place to honor and acknowledge all those who supported her.
I took this picture of her in the Spring of 2017 after she had just recovered from an adverse reaction to her chemotherapy. You can see how happy and full of life she was. Somehow, this photo ended up in a national newspaper with her story about walking in the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk. She never got a chance to see it.
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Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!