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Walking Partners after our first Avon 39(7 years ago)!
Walking Partners after our first Avon 39(7 years ago)!


My first memory of the word “cancer” is from when I was 7 years old.  My grandmother was sick and in the hospital and I wasn’t really so sure what this cancer thing was but I knew it was bad especially when it was paired with the word pancreatic.  When my father told me we had lost my grandmother to Pancreatic Cancer, at that young age, I couldn’t imagine anything sadder.  What I didn’t know then was that insidious word “cancer” and the words that preceded it like breast, lung and uterine would continue to change my life and bring me loss and sadness that a seven-year-old couldn’t possibly fathom. 

In October of this year, I will be 44 years removed from that first memory of the word cancer.  So, when my cousin, Jennifer, texted me and asked if I wanted to register to walk in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk in October I instantly responded “yes”.  You may remember that in the past we have walked 39.3 miles a few times to raise money for breast cancer.  This time we will be walking 26.2 miles to defy all cancers.

Since that day 44 years ago cancer has taken more from us than I could put into words in a short(ish) blurb.   Cancer has taken my other grandmother, cousins, aunts and friends from us.  Over 7 years ago cancer reared its ugly head again in a big way when my mother was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer.  I was still trying to come to grips with that diagnosis when we received the horrible news that my Aunt Carol, Jennifer’s mother, had been diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer.  I remember trying to let Jennifer know that I knew what she was going through but this was one thing I really did not want the two of us to have in common.

Four years ago, during one of the saddest periods of my life, my Aunt Carol lost her battle with Lung Cancer and another aunt, our Aunt Midge, was diagnosed and lost her cancer battle shortly after that.

Every training walk I accomplish in preparation to walk this marathon is for those who I have lost and for those who continue to fight cancer every day like my mother.  I am tired of cancer taking so much from the lives of the people I care about so please join me in supporting the amazing work that Dana-Farber is doing to aid those with cancer and their families and the ground-breaking research they continue to do that may one day help you or your family members. A donation of any amount will get us one step closer to finding a cure!


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