As many of you know, my sister Alicia was first diagnosed in March of 2018 with an aggressive form of Breast Cancer 1B ER+ ,PR-, HER2+. She underwent a lumpectomy, lymph node removal, chemotherapy, radiation, and a year of hormone therapy and adjuvant chemo Herceptin which she completed in July of 2019. I spent much of October 2018 (ironically…Breast Cancer Awareness Month), at Dana Farber, flying in from New York to bring her to her 12 hour infusions.
Five months later as the Covid-19 outbreak spread throughout the world, Alicia was overcome with pain in her ribs which turned out to be metastasized Breast Cancer in her liver and lungs. She has been undergoing chemo and second line TDM-1 treatment which recently came off trials ever since.
I am grateful for the research that has allowed these life-saving treatments to be developed, and that keep Alicia and others like her alive. I strongly support breast cancer research to give her and others hope and hope that you can make a gift to my walk, to directly support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate cancer care.