On September 22 I will be participating in the 2019 Boston Marathon(R) Jimmy Fund Half Marathon walk as part of the Vital Steppers team from Pediatrics West.
I think everyone has a story about how cancer has touched their lives. I lost my grandmother to pancreatic cancer when I was 11 years old. I was already interested in medicine and remember many of the details of her illness, diagnosis, and treatment. I remember being told after her biopsy that she had the kind of cancer that doctors still could not cure. That was 1988.
In 2016, a close friend of mine’s father was diagnosed with the same illness and she was told the same thing. It was still the kind that doctors could not cure. The following year I heard from 2 other friends that their parents had passed from the same illness. I read that although it still had no cure, pancreatic cancer had become more common.
I still see my grandmother in my dreams. She was someone who cared about helping others and treated everyone fairly. She gave generously to causes that she believed in and I think she would have liked us to keep on fighting as hard as possible for cures for all types of cancer.
I walk in her memory. And also in memory of my aunt who passed away after a long and brave fight against a rare type of cancer nearly 4 years ago. I think of her all the time and wish that all of her fighting had saved her. I walk with my friends from work who have similar stories and also stories of fights that did result in cures. There are so many cancers that we are now able to cure.
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.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!