I am participating in the 2020 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!
I've chosen this run because it supports the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which has a Lynch Syndrome Program dedicated to caring for those diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome. Lynch Syndrome is a genetic mutation that causes a person to be at higher risk for certain cancers - in particular, colorectal cancers, uterine and ovarian cancers, and prostate cancer. At the time of my diagnosis of uterine cancer in 2018, I was blessed to have a Gynecologist-Oncologist who recognized my family history and tested me for Lynch Syndrome. We now know that I am positive for the mutation, and that my dad is as well. (Many of you will know that my dad is also currently on his third battle with cancer, but doing great!)
Before my diagnosis, my family and I were unaware of Lynch Syndrome. It is now my mission to learn all I can and to educate others. I recently attended a virtual conference about Lynch Syndrome that is completely free to attend. Funding for this conference largely comes from funds raised directly from this walk.
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!