I am participating in the 2020 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer. 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.
This cause is so important to me because as some of you know, my mother has battled breast cancer two times - once when I was only 5 years old, and she was only 38, and again 25 years later. The day my mom went in for her double mastectomy + reconstruction in March of 2015, but we had to tell her upon waking that the reconstruction never happened, the cancer had spread, and she'd have to go through chemo & radiation again was one of the worst of my life. Many other family members have battled breast cancer, including my aunt and first cousin, among others. Not all have made it through.
My sister and I both carry the BRCA1 gene, which puts us at extremely high risk. Last year, my sister went through an intense and painful prophylactic double mastectomy + later, reconstruction, in an effort to significantly lower her risk. It was a very tough decision and one I am not ready to make myself.
Finding a cure could very well save my life. I am committed to a 10K on 10/4 in Atlanta (on my own) and have many other family members walking in their respective locations. I know this year has presented financial hardship for many of us, but any donation amount you can afford is deeply appreciated.
Thank you for your support!