I am participating in the 2019 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk to help raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and more specifically the incredible Bereavement Program they have there. I am a member of the Bereavement Team for the walk, and the majority of what I raise will go specifically to that program.
Now usually bereavement is not the word people want to use in these fundraiser pages. We want to talk about all the cutting edge treatments and incredible recovery stories, and thankfully Dana-Farber has tons of those. But sometimes no matter how much care is given, cancer still can take lives, like it did my Dad’s in 2016. He got wonderful care at Dana-Farber, but his cancer was incredibly aggressive and took him just three months after diagnosis.
A few short weeks after my Dad died, my mom received a call from the Bereavement Program at Dana-Farber inviting her to a private counseling session, and then a bereavement group for people all around my mom’s age who had lost spouses right around the same time. They were all at the same point in their grieving process, so they all understood what everyone was going through at that specific moment. This program is so important because it provides counseling and assistance to those who have lost spouses, parents, children, etc. Three years later my mom is great friends with three of the women she met through this group, and I believe it was instrumental in helping her start to build a new life without my Dad. Last year I did this walk with mom and got to meet the daughter of one of these friends. We both agreed how important this program was for our families.
So I hope you will make a donation to help this incredible program I am so grateful for. While I hope one day it will not be needed, the work it does now is so important.