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.
Emma Journeay, was just 9 years old when she lost her brave battle to neuroblastoma. That was the first time any of us had to deal with such a devastating loss. We didn’t know what we could do to help. We didn’t have any magical answers as to how to move forward without her.
But we could walk... we could raise awareness while we raised money to support those who ultimately cared for Emma with every resource they had. Helping to raise money for research was one way we felt we could regain control over this dreadful disease. So… just two short weeks after Emma’s services, we walked 13.1 miles alongside Emma's beautiful mom Tina in our very first Jimmy Fund Walk where Team Every Step for Emma was born!
It’s been 10 years since we lost Emma, and we continue to honor her legacy through the Jimmy Fund Walk. On October 2, 2022, Team Every Step for Emma will be back in Boston to walk in our 8th Jimmy Fund Walk to Defy Cancer! This year the money we raise will go directly to the Freddie Fund: a fund that was inspired by 18 month old Freddie Page who was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma in July of 2020. The Freddie Fund supports research in pediatric cancer, with a focus on high risk neuroblastoma. Funds raised will be used to develop clinical trials, improved screening/detection and improve standard care under the direction Dana Farber/Boston Children’s Hospital’s doctors and investigators.
We are so thankful to all those family and friends who have supported us and are appreciative of those who donated to Team Every Step for Emma thus far. Because of you, we are able to keep Emma’s spirit alive and, hopefully, provide support to those who are facing cancer today. There have been truly remarkable developments in cancer research, treatment options, and overall care with Dana-Farber at the forefront. Please consider making a donation today. It feels good to raise money for an important cause like cancer research, and we look forward to a day when treatments can be easier and will always lead to a cure for all.
I will forever wish Emma could be here. She had so many more memories to create with us. Supporting Dana-Farber means believing, with all my heart, that one day, we will defeat cancer and keep more families whole for years to come.
Thank you for supporting my Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising efforts. Together, we can defy cancer!