THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT, I AM TRULY HUMBLED
I am participating in the 2021 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!
There are so many reasons to walk for a cure. Here are just a few.
I walk in memory of my niece Stacey. Stacey was the definition of courageous. She was a happy and loving 9 year old child when suddenly diagnosed with leukemia. Sadly, Stacey was diagnosed at a time when many of the outcomes were poor. So many of the children diagnosed at the same time she was passed away. That was difficult for Stacey and her family to watch. But through the help of Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, Stacey was able to get into remission and push forward to enjoy many more years of life. There were times of relapse and further treatments. Many of the treatments that are successfully used today were experimental when Stacey was first diagnosed. Fortunately some of those treatments did buy us more time with her. We got 21 more years of happy memories with Stacey that without the support of Children's and Dana Farber, we would not have enjoyed. I still treasure so many fond memories of her. Those 21 years will be cherished in the hearts of all of us forever. There wasn’t a day that Stacey wasn’t able to make you smile or laugh about something no matter how hard it was for her or how much pain she was in. To this day Stacey’s dad, my brother-in-law Ron, has walked each and every year in honor and memory of his daughter Stacey. I also walk in honor of him, because his courage to give back and raise money year in and year out for the Jimmy Fund makes him a hero to all of us.
More recently another niece, Arianna, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Fortunately in her case, she was quickly diagnosed and successfully treated at Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber and is now enjoying life as a normal teenager.
But I do this not only for those who are close to me but those children I do not know that are currently in children’s battling a childhood cancer. I do this for those children’s yet to be diagnosed, so that they will have a chance to get their lives back and grow up to live a normal and productive life.
My daughter is a pediatric nurse practitioner. She sees firsthand the devastation of childhood cancer. Fortunately now thanks to all of the research and treatment options that have become available since Stacey was diagnosed, most of the outcomes are good. But Allison unfortunately will still occasionally see a bad outcome and trust me its gut wrenching.
I am fortunate to have two healthy children whom I am very proud of and now two healthy and energetic grandchildren who make me laugh every single day. That’s how a child’s life should be; carefree and fun, doing things that make them happy and us proud. Unfortunately too many times we get caught up worrying about and being stressed out by things that are so trivial and inconsequential. A child with cancer is something to worry about, but with continued research, there can be an end to this. So please help me in any way you can to help them, every single one of them. Not just Stacey and Arianna, but every single child that has or will be diagnosed with cancer, let’s do this for all of them. Thank you!!
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 compassionate patient 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 Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising efforts. Together, we can conquer cancer!