On October 2nd, I will be participating in my 20th Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, continuing the push to one day realize a world without cancer!
Since 2003, I have taken part in this incredible event on behalf of my nephew, Nick, and his two-time battle with pediatric cancer. As part of Team Nicholas, I first set foot on the Boston Marathon route only months after his diagnosis. Two decades of walking later, and I could not be more amazed and grateful that, after everything he went through, Nick is doing well and recently graduated with honors from Northeastern University. His story is a testament not only to his strength but to the incredible care he received from Boston's Children's Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
I walk not only for Nick, but in memory of my incredible mother, Nancy, and her battle with leukemia. It has been nearly 30 years, but the courage and determination she showed are still as vivid in my mind today as they were then.
I walk now for my wife, Laurie, a cancer survivor, who faced her only battle with this disease last year.
I walk in memory of my father, my Aunt Millie and my Uncle Bruno. I walk in honor of my 98 years young grandmother, another two-time cancer survivor.
Cancer touches us all. My family has most certainly seen more than its share of it. And that, above all else, is why I walk - so that, someday, other families won't have to face it. I walk to see this awful disease beaten in my lifetime. I walk to see a world without cancer.
I know that times are tough and today's economy is hitting us all hard. But if you can, I ask for your support once again for my efforts. Your donation directly supports Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s cutting-edge research and compassionate patient care.
Thank you again for supporting my Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising efforts. Together, we can beat cancer! -Tom