Abby was diagnosed in January 2019 with osteosarcoma and despite getting the best possible care at the Jimmy Fund Clinic she passed away in October
at the age of 9. Throughout all of her many surgeries, procedures, tests and
chemotherapies Abby never once complained. Her strength of character was
nothing short of amazing! Even when she was faced with a form of leg
amputation called a rotationplasty, she consistently had a positive
She was always more concerned about other people and never wanted anyone to feel sorry for her. After ever treatment Abby always bounced back quickly and truly lived life to the fullest. One of her only concerns when she found out that she was not going to be able to recover was that she didn't want her death to make everyone sad.
Throughout Abby's illness, her family couldn't have asked for a better team of
doctors to help battle such a horrific disease. They were lucky enough
to have access to the best possible care at the Jimmy Fund and Boston
Children’s Hospital. The Jimmy Fund has such an amazing impact on the
lives of their patients and their families. They saw first hand how
they go out of their way to know, support and offer comfort not only the
sick children of all ages but also their families. Their extraordinary
efforts set them far apart from any other health care facility.
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 and honoring Abby’s memory. Together, we can conquer cancer!