I walk in memory of my dad, Hank Landers, who passed away from Neuroendocrine Cancer (NET Cancer) in 2013.
He was only 52 years old.
I remember when my dad was first diagnosed with terminal cancer. I was in shock and was determined to research all about his cancer, which was pretty rare at the time, to see if I could do anything to save him. My searching on the internet connected me to Harry Proudfoot, our walk team captain, who had also lost his wife to NET Cancer. His fundraising efforts inspired me. So, I decided to join forces with him and participate in the Jimmy Fund Walk in honor of my dad. This first year, my dad was still battling behind closed doors and he was humbled, surprised and grateful that my friends, family and I did something special like that for him.
In those first years of my dad's diagnosis, fundraising became a positive outlet for me. It helped me through some of my darkest days. I was facing the reality of losing my dad to this awful disease, but at the same time, my sadness was fueling my dedication to do something positive & make a difference. In a way, it was healing.
Each year, we usually raise a TON of money for this cause through a golf tournament. We can't do that this year due to the Coronavirus. But, it is my hope that we can still raise money & make a difference virtually.
So, THANK YOU for your generous donation & for supporting my MISSION in the fight against NET Cancer in memory of my dad. You are appreciated more than you know. Our fundraising efforts ARE positively impacting the lives of those still battling this disease, while also supporting the research & development of cancer breakthroughs at Dana-Farber.