I started walking Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund walk 13 years ago. I lost my father to Leukemia in 2002. He was 59 years old. He had big plans for his upcoming retirement. My siblings and I helplessly watched him go through the pain of chemo, hair loss, weight loss, excruciating pain in his bones. We saw him fight cancer everyday for 11 months before he lost the fight. We had tremendous support of people we knew and complete strangers. After his death, it took a while to accept that he was no longer with us. I realized that I needed to give back and support others who were touched by cancer. Finally, in July 2008, I came across Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund walk. I knew by walking along side friends, family members, survivors, fighters and in memory of people who lost their battle to cancer, I would honor my dad. Raising funds for cancer research and patient care at Dana Farber is my way of supporting those who have been touched by cancer.
I hope for a future that is cancer free.