I typically back away from anything that involves asking people for money. Yet I find myself gladly raising money for this great cause for a second year in a row. While it is not in my comfort zone to ask people to donate money, since being diagnosed with cancer, one thing I have learned is that family and friends want to help in any way they can. Being involved in this fundraiser is one way for me to express my gratitude for all the dedicated and compassionate doctors, nurses, researchers, and caregivers at Dana-Farber.
Since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2021, I have firsthand experience with this disease and with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). I consider myself extremely fortunate that I was able to be treated at DFCI and that my body responded well to the initial cancer treatment that I received in 2021. After 2 surgeries and 4 months of chemo treatments, I had 6 months where I enjoyed “no evidence of disease.”
Women who are diagnosed with advanced stage ovarian cancer, have an 80% likelihood of recurrence. My disease returned this year in May. I continue with Dr. Matulonis and my care team at Dana-Farber, on a different treatment regimen.
Ovarian cancer treatment advancements are critical to saving thousands of women’s lives each year. My hope is that the money we raise will help continue DFCI research so that a cure for ovarian cancer can be discovered sooner rather than later.
Please help Team Cat meet our goal of $10,000. If we reach our goal, the funds that we raise will be specifically directed to Ovarian Cancer Research. I am eternally grateful to all of you who have supported me in so many ways over the past year and a half. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for all that you have done.