I am walking the Jimmy Fund for two important people in my life as well as the many other people who are fighting, fought, or lost their battle with cancer. I remember my cousin Stacy, whom my uncle has walked for since she was diagnosed with childhood cancer at 9 years old nearly 30 years ago. She lost her fight 15 years ago, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her, her strength, and her will to fight. No matter what she was going through or what obstacles were in front of her, she never complained and always had a smile on her face.
I am walking this year for my first cousin, who was diagnosed with Non- Hodgkin Lymphoma this past summer. On the day she was supposed to start her senior year of high school, she was instead starting her cancer treatment at Dana- Faber and Children's Hospital. As a senior, she was looking forward to many milestone events including prom, award nights, senior sports, and, of course, graduation. But, much of her life was put on hold the moment she got her diagnosis — she wasn’t able to attend school for a number of months while she was in the hospital getting her treatments. I’m so happy to say that today she is in remission. She has had a positive outlook throughout her entire journey, even when the COVID-19 pandemic struck and put her back into the house for another four months. A few weeks ago, she was able to graduate with her class. Even though the ceremony was abbreviated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was happy and that is all that matters. Thank you for supporting me and donating so we can find a cure 💕