Hello family and friends,
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!
Twenty-eight years ago my father, George, passed away from pancreatic cancer. Ten years ago my brother, Matthew, was diagnosed and treated for colon cancer. Thirteen years ago I was treated for thyroid cancer. Eleven years ago I was treated for uterine cancer. This year I was treated for sarcoma. All of these cancers must have some connection, right?! Well as it turns out most of them do. After completing genetic testing some of my family members and I discovered we tested positive for something called Lynch Syndrome.
"Lynch syndrome is due to inherited changes (mutations) in genes that affect DNA mismatch repair, a process that fixes mistakes made when DNA is copied. These genes (MLHL, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, and EPCAM) normally protect you from getting certain cancers, but some mutations in these genes prevent them from working properly." -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Knowing that we have this syndrome allows us to have testing for early detection of cancers such as: colon, uterine, stomach, liver, kidney, brain, and some types of skin cancers. This early detection can and probably has saved our lives. So, you can figure out why I want to help Team Lynch Syndrome in their annual walk to raise funds.
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.
Co-coordinators for Team Lynch Syndrome, Sharon Goyette and Leanne McAuliffe say, "Team Lynch Syndrome (formerly Team Sandi) is our Center's team for Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Walk, now in its eighth year. Since 2013, Team Lynch Syndrome has raised over $160,000 for Lynch syndrome research at Dana-Farber. 100% of the proceeds raised by our team directly support Lynch syndrome research and national education efforts to raise awareness, including funding our annual LYNKED IN Lynch Syndrome Patient Conference."
Thank you for reading my story and supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together we can conquer cancer!