I am participating in the 2019 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, 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.
The Clarke’s have become a part of my family ever since Aceituna Grill and Boston Children’s Hospital brought us together. On December 8th 2017, I got a message on FB from Nixon’s dad, Shaun telling us that Nixon, then 5yrs old was in Boston Children’s Hospital with a very recent Leukemia diagnosis. He also told us that Aceituna’s Chicken Shawarma, Rice and French Fries were Nixon’s absolute favorite meal. It was all he craved especially after his chemo treatments.
Once the holidays passed and things quieted down a bit, we arranged to bring food for 100+ people up to the oncology floor to give all families of patients a chance to eat a delicious and healthy meal together. Shaun and Nixon were there and we finally got a chance to meet in person after many Facebook and email exchanges. We chatted quite a bit and realized we had a lot in common.
A few weeks later my mom met Nixon’s Mom, Karen at BCH while bringing a meal for the family while Nixon was again in-patient. Having moved all the way from Newcastle, Australia--they never imagined their first few months in the US would look like this. We became fast friends. When Nixon requested Aceituna cater his birthday party, we suddenly felt like family. We met Nixon’s older brother Hamilton, Karen’s parents, and several friends who love them all as much as we do. Still being a patient at BCH and having gone through my own medical battles, Nixon and I talk about the ups and downs of it all, take our pills together, and obsess over our favorite hand sanitizers. Now as I start my journey to become a Certified Child Life Specialist it feels we were put into each others lives for a reason.
For those of you who don’t know, only ~4% of research funding goes to pediatric cancer research. 4% is not enough. Not even close to it. That’s why I am asking YOU to help me raise money for #TeamNixon and all other patients at The Jimmy Fund.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!