In 2012, my father was told he had renal cell carcinoma and had one kidney removed in hopes that the operation would eliminate all the cancerous cells. Unfortunately, about one year later, he became a patient at Dana-Farber Hospital and was given a stage 4 diagnosis. This meant he had a pretty grim prognosis and a median life expectancy of 2 more years.
Though this crushed us, none of it seemed to dampen Dad’s spirit. He remained a steadfast rock in my life; always one call away no matter what time of day it was. I always thought, “how could someone be this strong?” But he was. He was, and still is, Superman in my eyes.
Even with my dad’s serious disease, his doctors at Dana-Farber never gave up. They got him into multiple treatment trials that prolonged his life an astonishing 8 more years. Because of these research trials, we had more good years with Dad than we ever thought possible.
In an effort to repay these doctors, I am raising funds to donate to the very research that gave me the extraordinary gift of more time with my father. With these donations, I hope to make it possible for other families to experience the gift of more time, or even a cure for a loved one’s cancer diagnosis.
Thank you so much for your time and donations!