Dear Family and Friends,
I am participating in the 2019 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer! This year I am walking in memory of my beloved husband, Jim Collins, who passed away after a valiant battle with colon cancer at the beginning of this year.
When you make a gift to my walk, you’re 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.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to attend the Evening of Hope Gala, a Jimmy Fund Walk fundraiser for Team Tara. At the gala I listened to the inspiring words of Dr. Kimmie Ng and the important work she is doing in colon cancer research and treatment by way of the new Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber. There has been a terrifying increase in the number of cases of metastatic colon cancer in young people and Dr. Ng is doing all that she can to try to identify the cause of this increase and taking steps to eradicate this aggressive disease. After Dr. Ng’s speech Team Tara announced a two-year commitment to directing all of their fundraising efforts to her research and to the new Young-Onset center.
I will proudly be walking in the 2019 Jimmy Fund Walk as a member of Team Tara in Jim’s honor. I’m thrilled to be able to give back to Dana-Farber in appreciation of the quality care that he received for nearly fifteen months. More importantly I am pleased to be fundraising for Dr. Ng and her crucial work. Every dollar will go towards preventing future patients from going through everything that Jim did.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!
#CollinsStrong #MissYouMore #JimmyFundWalk2019