Anyone who knows me has heard me talk about my Aunt Peggy - if you grew up with our family, you more than likely have also had the absolute gift of meeting her. She makes sure that ALL of my friends call her Aunt Peggy and know that "Aunt Peggy sends her love", but if you've ever received one of her infamous greeting cards, you know that she goes by many names, "Auntie," "My Airman," "Peg," "Maggie," "Mags," "Margaret," "Sister," "Cousin," "Daughter," "Hero" just to name a few ;)
Peggy is a survivor of breast cancer and was diagnosed with a very serious and rare form of small cell cancer in 2020 that she was able to fight into remission until the cancer returned in June 2022. There is no treatment for this cancer at this time, but Peggy is currently undergoing chemo using a drug that was recently approved via clinical trial and is fighting like the soldier, dancer, and lover that she is. It is because of research like that of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that my aunt is able to find hope amidst the inherent unknown of this form of cancer.
Peggy has taught me many lessons in life, but perhaps the greatest message I have received from her is that the importance of connection, large or small, is what makes our time on this earth so precious. If you know Peggy, you know that she has friends ALL. over. the. world. Her legacy in my life has always been one of unabashed love for others, their stories, and this life we've all been gifted. She's always told me that you don't need to go far to make a new friend or experience new things, and that if we just opened our hearts and our minds to the world around us, perhaps the world could be a little more kind. She not only speaks this message, she embodies it, and I know I can speak for many when I say that Peggy has imprinted on my heart forever.
In the spirit of connection and community, my family and I would be so appreciative of any contribution you are able to make at this time towards Peggy's journey and the journey of so many others who are supported by cancer research. Whether it be your time, your words, your heart space, or your dollar, we are so grateful. I may be running the distance, but Peggy will be fighting the fight.