We are participating in the Jimmy Fund Walk in 2022 to raise funds to help diagnose and treat young-onset colon cancer. Our son and brother, Adam, passed away in July of 2021 at the age of 30 after being diagnosed with colon cancer in April. We had no warning. His cancer was so advanced by the time he was diagnosed that he never got out of bed again.
Adam was teaching middle school social studies in the Austin, Texas school district and looking forward to a normal lifetime of sharing his enthusiasm for history with his students at the time of his diagnosis. He was an inspiration to us and to all who knew him for his friendliness, easy-going attitude, intelligence, and sense of humor. We miss him immensely and are greatly saddened by his loss to our family.
We hope that by supporting our walk, you can help us raise awareness about the warning signs and treatments for the young-onset colorectal cancer that claimed Adam's life way too soon. Colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-mortality worldwide and in the last twenty years, there has been an alarming increasing trend in incidence among younger individuals.
By making a gift to our Walk, you’re directly supporting Dr. Nilay Sethi's Gastrointestinal Research Lab (https://sethilab.dana-farber.org) which is focused on translational colorectal cancer research, working to make breakthroughs that will impact lives in positive ways.
Dr. Sethi was one of the Dana-Farber doctors who took care of Adam during his illness and developed a heartfelt bond with him and our family. See the Sethi Lab fundraising page at the link to the right for Dr. Sethi's description of his lab's specific efforts and his own memories of Adam.
We couldn't think of a more worthwhile cause to honor Adam's memory.
Thank you for your support,
Joe, Nancy, Alex, and Katherine Opiela