I am participating in the 2020 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way, which is a virtual walk this year. I am hoping to complete a 10K or a 1/2 marathon!
For a long time, I tried to limit how many people knew my health history and details, as I guess I was embarrassed, and also a bit superstitious. But, here we are in a global pandemic, and the world is on fire, and it is time for silly things to fall away.
I was diagnosed with lymphoma in the spring of 2017, after I went (temporarily) blind in my left eye while commuting home from work, and after ER doctors found a brain tumor. I was 42 years old, and had an 8 year old and a 2 year old at home. It was a very scary time. I had a 4+ hour craniotomy within a few days, and then followed that with 6 months of monthly chemo and immunotheraphy treatments, and all the visits and procedures that go with it - at Dana Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. All of my doctors were warm, patient, and kind, and some of the smartest in the world. And though I am currently cancer free, I will be followed for the rest of my life. And every day I am thankful for getting that care from DFCI.
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. You are supporting care for people like me, and other friends and loved ones who are battling or will battle cancer.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!