Karen's Fundraising Page

Annie & Newborn Trace :)
Annie & Newborn Trace :)

WHY I'M FUNDRAISING WITH THE JIMMY FUND WALK TO FIGHT CANCER

I am participating in the 2021 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!

My daughter, Annie, was shockingly diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer - one of the worst forms of the disease - in February 2016.  Our family was devastated not only because of the diagnosis, but because have no history at all of the cancer.  How could this happen to young, strong and healthy very young woman?  

We scheduled a second opinion at Dana Farber Cancer Institute with oncologist Dr. Ann Partridge - a world-recognized expert in young women's breast cancer.  We really didn't want to take treatment at Dana Farber - too big, a cancer factory, just a number - but figured it was right in Annie's backyard - why not.    We were so wrong.  Both of us were totally impressed with the personal attention, the comfortable atmosphere and the incredible staff and patient support.  Once we met Dr. Partridge, our decision was a no brainer.  

Annie was put on an aggressive trial drug treatment that quite possibly would take away her chances to conceive, but we 100% believe saved her life.  We would not have been able to receive the drug anywhere else.  We support Dana Farber with our Jimmy Fund walk every year with hopes that other families, like ours, will have the opportunity to benefit from the research and incredible care that we so greatly benefited from.  

This November,  Annie will be reach the magical 5 years cancer-free milestone!  How her life has changed!  She was married in a "COVID size" wedding to my wonderful now son-in-law, Terrell, and imagine the happiness and joy when baby Trace was born in June :)  We celebrate each milestone reflecting on just how cancer changed our lives, yet in an odd way enriched it.

When you make a gift to my walk, you’re directly supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate cancer care. Your support allows Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.

Thank you for supporting my 2021 half-marathon participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!

Lots of love, 

KB


PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$6,365
Goal:$7,500
Karen Bali's Team: Young and Strong
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THANK YOU TO MY DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Fundraising Honor Roll
ADP matching gift
Anonymous
Arthur Emmons
$40
Aunt Jackie and Uncle Steve
$100
Barry and Jeri Mazel
$100
Betty Ann Burkholder
$50
Bob and Holly
$100
Bruce Beckwith in memory of William P. Beckwith
$250
Dan & Bernadette Sullivan
$100
Dave & Rosanne Medeiros
$100
David & Carol Galbraith
Donald Lockyer
Ed & Betty Hewitt
$500
Ed & Ronnie Maloney
$50
Eileen siegel
$50
Eva Kaplan
$20
George Galske
$50
Gerald Hirsch
$25
Greg Anderson
$200
Gregory Bubnash
$100
Hakim Nguyen
$25
James Peters
$100
Janice DeDominicis
$25
Janice Marsh
$100
Jim Matteo
$50
Joanne & Mark Niland
$500
John Verrengia
$100
Joni & Gary Hill
$100
Joseph Springman
$50
Kenneth J Eilers
$100
Lisa Kemp
$50
Liz
$50
Marc Fischer
$100
Micheline Lecours-Beck
$50
Mike and Jo
$500
Mike Gillis
$100
Mj & John Sandell
$100
Mr Haley
$20
Mr. Jay Bailey
$100
Mrs. Leslie Pelzar
$100
Ms. Christine Boswell
$100
Ms. Karen L Bali
$5
Ms. Rachel Gyllenhammer
Ms. Sheila Misericordia
$100
Nan and Kevin
$100
Patty Crawford
$50
Paula Kasper
$200
Phil & Sharon Schreiber
$25
Pumba
$200
Ross Herlands
$50
Stephen Hawking
$100
Steve and Cyndi Kreisher
$50
Steve Raye
$200
Steven Burke
$25
Steven Hess
$100
Susan and George Palms
$50
Suzanne Harris
$20
The Pyatt's
$100
Tom & Sue Kornacki
$100
Tom Wassell
$200
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Every dollar raised helps fuel Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's 50-50 balance between lifesaving research and total patient care.
Together, we can conquer cancer!