I'm doing my first ever Jimmy Fund Walk for Phookah Rosemary Iwakura and her family.
Rosemary, as she's known as to most classmates, fell ill in December 2019, and the family learned soon after that she had leukemia. She has had anaphylactic reactions to chemo, a bone marrow transplant that left her in a coma for nine days, and a million other harrowing experiences along the way.
I can't help but think that if she weren't in Boston at Children's with access to the most cutting-edge science and care provided by some of the most renowned doctors in the world in this field, she might not have made it through this gut-wrenching and terrifying period.
This is a great reason to donate to my walk! In a way, all the generous donations from the past helped save Rosemary's life at the many junctures that it seemed like nothing was going the way anybody thought it would. She has had such unique challenges, she kept her team of doctors and experts on their toes. But they scrambled to figure out how to help her fight this cancer.
When you make a contribution here, 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.