Mya's Fundraising Page

"And even though we're optimistic that one day there will be a cure, it's not possible without organizations like the Jimmy Fund."
"And even though we're optimistic that one day there will be a cure, it's not possible without organizations like the Jimmy Fund."

WHY I'M FUNDRAISING WITH THE JIMMY FUND WALK TO DEFY CANCER

I am participating in the 2022 Jimmy Fund Walk, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.

In 1975, my aunt, Rhonda Htoo, was just 18 years old when she was first diagnosed with cancer at Dana Farber. When most people are trying to figure out how to adjust in college and deciding what career they want to pursue, she was faced with a different set of unimaginable challenges. She became a pioneer and helped to define the way cancer is treated today. Through the advances in technology and medical research she was able to defy the odds and continue living her life to the fullest and she was there to guide and support me. She was later diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Despite her diagnosis, it didn’t stop her from making it a yearly event to participate in the Jimmy Fund walk. In 2017 she asked me to walk in the Jimmy Fund with her. I was so excited that out of everyone she could have asked, she asked me and that we were going to cross that finish line together. But just a few weeks before the walk she passed away and we never got the chance. Every year since then I’ve been walking in her memory.  

On August 14, 2021, I married the love of my life. Just 2 months later, on October 14th, I was diagnosed with advanced stage follicular lymphoma. Instead of riding that honeymoon high and thinking about having kids, we’ve been forced to think about what life would look like without each other. Although my cancer can be treated, there are currently no known cures. And even though we’re optimistic that one day there will be a cure, it’s not possible without organizations like the Jimmy Fund. 

Not only is the scientific research critical but the programs that support patients through their journeys are equally as important. Dana Farber’s Young Adult Program has provided me with emotional and social support, it’s empowered me, and helped ease the emotional burden of living & coping with cancer. If you are able to, please also consider donating to the DFCI Young Adult Program.

Thank you for supporting my Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising efforts. Together, we can defy cancer!

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$4,500
Goal:$5,000
Mya Htoo-McHugh's Team: Team Lung Cancer
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THANK YOU TO MY DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Fundraising Honor Roll
Alison Byron
$100
Alyssa Huat
$50
Amanda DeGiorgi
$50
Bob and Cindy Fitzsimons
Brianna Paesano
$30
Constance Breese
$100
Danielle (Sanok) Lentz and Nick Lentz
$50
Danielle Alesi and Andrew Berkey
Dominique Paesano Matthews
$25
Doug $ Mary
$100
In memory of Rhonda Jane Htoo
$50
Jaclyn Hollingsworth
$30
Joanne Alesi
Joanne Crimi
$100
Joe & Nadine De Simpliciis
$500
Julie Furman
$50
Karen Chang
Katie & Dan
Kim and Nick
$100
Kim Predatsch
$50
Kristen Marks
$50
Linda Tully
$100
Lisa & Bruce Raymond
Mark Solan
$100
Melissa Brown
$25
Michael Paonessa
$100
Miranda Luce and Cody Bernard
$100
Molly Lawney
$100
Mom & Dad
$200
Mom & Dad McHugh
Mr. Charlie Ropes
$100
Mr. Ryan Henrich
$250
Mrs. Brenda Sloan
$50
Mrs. Mya Htoo-McHugh
$130
Ms. Tara Bodine
$100
Nancy in Support of Mya and in memory of Rhonda
$300
P
$100
Rick Paesano
$50
Ryan W Higginson-Scott
$100
Sarah Cook
$100
Shayne Tay
Stacy and Bill Anderson
Terry Badura
$100
The Clarkes 💜
$30
The Polidoris
$100
Tom & Nikki Quigley
$100
Will Ward
$50
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