I am participating in the 2021 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!
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 compassionate patient care. Your support allows Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.
Why I Walk
In 2011, I got a call that the mass removed from my brain was cancer as my 16 month old son ran circles around me. Most of the rest of that phone call was a blur, I was in a fog of disbelief. The next morning I called Dana Farber and was set up for an appointment a few days later.
Walking into DFCI for the first time, with my mom and brother beside me, I could just feel the optimism and hope radiating throughout the building, and that feeling remains every time I return.
My team in the Brain Tumor Clinic, the radiation techs, the MRI & lab techs, social workers, and all the staff have always been so friendly and make you feel like you are the only patient they are caring for. My neuro-oncologist, Dr. Nayak, has always gone above & beyond. The first to know I was pregnant with Lorelei, she has always loved seeing the kids and the kids love her just as much. She once waited until 8 pm just to let me know in person that my MRI looked good.
After 6 weeks of targeted radiation & 7 rounds of chemo, my bone marrow couldn't take any more. We talked about the options, and decided to let my body rest and recover, otherwise my bone marrow would be permanently damaged. That was in July 2012.
Since then, I haven't had any signs of active disease. I still go to DFCI every 6 months for labs and a MRI, and Dr. Nayak still talks about the kids before remembering to tell me my scans look good.
DFCI's Brain Tumor Clinic saved my life, and is working hard to find a cure for brain cancers. I'm doing what I can to help them with that mission. This year, the Jimmy Fund Walk is on my 35th birthday, which also happens to be exactly 10 years since that life-altering brain surgery. To commemorate, I am walking with TeamNeuro & raising money for brain cancer research & care. Thank you for supporting my Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising efforts. Together, we can conquer cancer!