The above picture taken on September 9th just breaks my heart.
In April 2016 my granddaughter Madelyn was diagnosed with Acute Lymphobastic Cancer ("ALL"). At that time she was 3 years and 2 months old. After 5 1/2 weeks of inpatient treatment at Boston's Children's Hospital, Maddie was in full remission. She was released and received two full years of outpatient treatment ending in June 2018 at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic so that her leukemia wouldn't come back... ever.
Two month later, this August during a routine follow-up examination, the clinic found active leukemia cells in her spine. Even worse, an MRI revealed a cluster of cells in her brain. Her parents, my daughter Kelly and son-in-law Dan were devastated as was our entire family. Maddie and her parents now, again, face four weeks of Inpatient at Children's to be followed by two more years of outpatient treatment... through September 2020. Remember, this all started in April 2016.
Maddie, now 5 1/2 years old was supposed to start kindergarten on September 4th. Instead, September 4th was her 7th day of being re-admitted to Children's for her month of inpatient 24/7 treatment. Thank you for listening (reading) to Maddie's family's pain.
So, I am participating in the 2018 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!
If you make a gift to my walk, you are 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. Together, we can conquer cancer!
May God bless you and please pray for Maddie over the next two years. Thank you.