I am participating in the 2019 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!
Yesterday I lost a friend to cancer. I only knew John Bakos for a couple of years, but I will forever remember his indomitable spirit. I met John on the pickleball court, and we soon bonded over our shared a passion and vision for our new favorite sport. I was saddened when John shared that he was battling prostate cancer. I was in awe of John continually returning to play in between treatments, even if he tired after just a few games. I loved hearing John's primal scream when he missed a point, and his unabashed flattery of his teammate with his signature compliment "That's my partner!" when they won a point. I was inspired by John's commitment to leave a significant financial legacy to the Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute to fight cancer. I will miss John dearly, and dedicate my 2019 walk to him.
With your help, one day we won't have to lose good souls like John too soon. When you make a gift to my walk, you’re directly supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate cancer care. Your support allows Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Thank you for honoring John's life and legacy. Together, we can conquer cancer!