As a cancer survivor, I am participating in the 2020 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in August 2018, and after surgery, I underwent chemotherapy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
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.
I was diagnosed at 37. My team for the walk, Beyond CRC, is dedicated to researching young onset colorectal cancer. Here is some information:
"Colon and rectal cancer usually happen to older people, right? Colon and rectal cancer rates are increasing 1-3% annually in people younger than 50. The American Cancer Society has even lowered the recommended
screening age from 50 to 45 to try to catch cases earlier. Unfortunately, we don’t know why this is happening to more young people. There may be environmental or hereditary causes we don’t know about yet, including the microbiome – the environment of tiny organisms such as bacteria – in your
gut to cause cancer growth. That’s why the Beyond CRC project was created. The goal is to identify the underlying biological mechanisms of cancer
cells, identify risk factors for developing colorectal cancer at a young age, and facilitate the development of new therapy options."
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!