Once again I will be a participant of the CASEY STREET GANG in the 2020 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!
Many of you have supported me in the past. The Casey Street Gang was established 10 years ago when Jack's sister Suzie was diagnosed with lung cancer. Although Suzie lost the battle with cancer we still feel her spirit walking beside us every step. There are so many people still being diagnosed and these people count on us to continue in the search for a cure. I am proud to say that the Casey Street Gang is doing their part and together we've raised over $100,000.00.
Every one has a story. I don't know anyone that hasn't been touched by cancer and unfortunately it's reared it's ugly head again. It's difficult to believe that it's only been 5 months with all that's happened but in April, 2020 Jack was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). He was told his chances of survival past a year were very slim and he needed a bone marrow transplant. We were in Florida when we got the news and he wasn't strong enough to make the trip back to Boston. Thankfully we were referred to a specialist in Tampa at Moffitt Cancer Institute. Jack has had a couple of rounds of chemo over the past 5 months and we finally got the word last Thursday he is ready to go to transplant!! Jack has 4 siblings that met the criteria to be a donor. Of the 4 siblings that were tested... one sibling, Cathy, was a perfect match. Cathy arrived in Naples yesterday and will quarantine for two weeks. After the quarantine period is completed Jack and Cathy will be in and out of the hospital for about 10 days for testing and harvesting of Cathy's stem cells. And Finally on November 3rd Jack will get his transplant.
Unfortunately, Jack won't be able to walk this year and I've decided to ride my bike instead. Soooo.....If you see a crazy lady riding around the Isles today in a Canary Yellow Jimmy Fund shirt and you'd like me to ride in memory or in honor of someone dear to you, stop me and sign the back of my shirt. I would be honored to ride for them.
I know these are difficult times for everyone. If you are unable to support me this year I completely understand and I ask your support in prayer. Thank you to all the friends and family both near and far that have reached out in so many ways. There are no words to describe the feeling of knowing we aren't going through this alone. We will never forget your kindness.