This is the first time I've really done anything like this. I am going on this journey on behalf of some of personal idols. The first idol is one forever revered by Red Sox Nation: our own Jerry Remy, aka RemDawg. For decades Jerry has brightened our TV screens not only with his expansive body of knowledge of all things.baseball, but also his love of wit, honor, and Days of Our Lives. Remdawg, as one of many die hard Red Sox fans, I dedicate my walk to you and to all who have succumbed to and are currently dealing with cancer in all its forms.
I am walking for my loving grandmother Memere, who passed away in 2003 only a few weeks after I started at Holy Cross in Worcester as a freshman. Memere, thank you not only for your scrumptious meatballs, but for years of babysitting my sister and me and enveloping all of us in your warmth, generosity and love. As Pepere often said, "I drink to dat, the whole shebang!"
I am walking for one of my best friends, Nancy Rodes, She was recently diagnosed but has most happily made a full recovery. Can't wait to sing Godspell, Rent, Les Mis, Evita and Sondheim with you, Rick, Matt and Andrew again!
I am walking for Nancy's parents, Clara and Robert Driscoll, known to us lovingly as Nana and Beepa. Nana and Beepa were second grandparents to me. I always enjoyed going to their place around Halloween and Christmas time. But what I especially remember is summers on Clover Lane at Popponessst, staying over and playing wiffleball with Matt and Andrew, and bonding with Nana over Tattletales, Match Game and other vintage game shows.
I walk for my friend Jill Marshall, who was diagnosed with cancer when we were in high school. When one of my closest friends got that diagnosis, that's when it really hit home.
I walk for my friends Kevin and Marie.
I walk for all cancer survivors, their families and friends. I walk for children currently fighting cancer with such courage, strength and goodness. I walk for all who succumbed to cancer only in body, not in spirit.
Lastly, I walk for the most inspirational person in my life - my mother, Lisa Taylor Tardif. In 2014, as part of a routine health screening, she was diagnosed with cancer, but because it was detected early, she was able to stop it dead in its tracks with chemo and radiation. 8 years later, she remains cancer free, to the delight and joy of all who know and love this amazing mother, friend, and role model for tenacity, strength, and all that is good. I love you so much, Mom! Without you and Dad, I would be nowhere near the man you have raised me to become. Thank you so much each and every day for you unconditional love and support! And yes, I still think I could rock an orange suit, just like Napoleon Dynamite! I look forward to many, many lobstah rolls, clam chowdah, days on the beach or chillaxing poolside.
I am participating in the 2022 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk 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 research and compassionate patient care. Your support allows Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.
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