I am participating in the 2022 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.
When you make a gift to my Walk, you’re directly supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge research and compassionate patient care. Your support allows Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.
Here is my story-
In 2013 at the age of 36 with my husband and 3.5 year old daughter by my side. I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Choriocarcinoma. The easiest way to explain it is that it gynecological cancer starting in the placenta . The cancer had metastasized from my uterus to my lungs and then to the left side my brain. I needed over three years of countless chemotherapy regimen treatments, brain stereotactic radiation, a stem cell transplant and ultimately a single patient clinical trial. In the end that is what saved my life. On October 22 of 2016, I had my last dose of chemotherapy. Because it was a clinical trial it was very unknown if a) it was going to work, b) if I had enough of the treatment to kill all the cancer cells and c) We also didn’t know if it would return. It was a literal waiting game. So, I took it one day at a time. Somedays one minute at a time but it is now the summer 2022 and I am here and I am healthy! Sure I have a list of side effects and medical issues that I struggle with from having had cancer. But it is far beyond anything I would complain about because just being here is what it’s all about. I owe my health to my husband who was an amazing caretaker for not only me but also for our young daughter. As well as the Dana Farber Cancer Institute! I know it was because of that facility with the most amazing doctors, nurse practitioners, oncology nurses, and the entire medical staff that they hands down saved my life. They did not stop when a treatment wouldn’t work, they did not stop when I went through six weeks of absolute hell of a stem cell transplant that ended up not working, they did not stop when they were trying to get approval for my clinical trial, they did not stop until I started going for my weekly blood work and things were looking positive. Every week I returned to Dana Farber for close to almost 2 years and every week we kept getting great news that I was in remission. The five year mark came and I was still in remission. It is not lost on me that this was a complete miracle. I do believe that Dana Farber and God took care of this for me. So I made a promise in the year of 2013 that I would do everything in my power to not only try to save myself but I will always support the institution and medical facility that saved my life . So this is the 10th year that Kerri‘s crew is participating in the Jimmy Fund walk. Please support our walk because everyone knows someone that has battled cancer, loved ones we lost to cancer or are currently battling now. Let’s support this institution that continues to do groundbreaking work all in the fight to cure cancer.
Thank you for supporting my Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising efforts. Together, we can defy cancer!