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Help Prevent Young Onset Colorectal Cancer
Help Prevent Young Onset Colorectal Cancer

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

I am participating in the 2024 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.

On June 5, 2019 I went to the ER at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC with the worst stomach pain I had ever felt.  The cause of the pain was quickly diagnosed.  At age 34, I had stage 3C colon cancer.  During the time from when I went to the ER until I received my final diagnosis a week later, I had surgery, where a baseball-sized tumor was removed from my colon. As my family and I searched for reasons why I had contracted this disease so young -- with no family history of colon cancer -- we discussed what to do next. We luckily came across the Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a new center focused precisely on people like me within one of the world’s most renowned cancer centers. At the time the center was just a few months old. 

Growing up in Boston, I was quite familiar with the work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, including their 60-year partnership with my hometown Red Sox. I knew of the amazing work they did helping kids with cancer.  I knew several people who rode in the 190 mile Pan-Mass Challenge each year to support the Jimmy Fund. My parents supported many of these riders and the Pan-Mass has been their favorite charity for over 30 years. I just never thought I would be one of Dana-Farber’s patients.  Knowing everything I knew about Dana-Farber, deciding to have my treatment there, as part of the new Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Center, was a no brainer, and my experience could not have been better. 

The Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Center, founded and led by the amazing Dr. Kimmie Ng, provides a holistic approach to treatment, focused on people like me—young people grappling with the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease. The Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Center has provided me with everything I’ve needed to make my 12 rounds of chemotherapy as manageable as possible. In addition to Dr. Ng and her amazing team of nurses, I’ve been provided with a social worker at each treatment, genetic testing to determine if I or future offspring would be at greater risk for multiple cancers, and a dedicated support team who were always on call and ready to answer any questions I had at any time of day or night.  After my diagnosis, when it could have easily felt like I had no control, the Young Onset Colorectal Cancer Center has made my six months of treatment and the anxiety-inducing aftermath of scans and screenings much more bearable.  I have also been lucky to participate in a few of the research studies being led by the Young Onset Center to better understand why young people are getting colon cancer at such a rapid rate, and to find better treatments and eventually cures for this dreaded disease.

My diagnosis came as a total shock to me, but maybe it shouldn’t have. Unlike some other cancers, colon cancer does present symptoms—we need to be better at identifying those symptoms to catch the disease early, while it is still treatable.  Since 1994, cases of young-onset colorectal cancer have increased by 51 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute. The rising incidence of young-onset colorectal cancer has recently led the American Cancer Society to revise its colorectal cancer screening guidelines to start earlier at age 45 instead of 50. In the United States, 11 percent of colon cancer diagnoses, and 18 percent of rectal cancer diagnoses, occur in individuals under the age of 50. In just 10 years, colon cancer incidence is expected to double. I was lucky that my cancer was caught before it had spread.  Many others my age and younger are not as lucky.  Clearly, there needs to be better awareness about the symptoms of colon cancer, the need for earlier screening, and funding for the research that will eventually provide cures.

This year will be my fifth Jimmy Fund Walk and I am honored to be walking for Team CRC to support Dr. Ng and the Young Onset Center in her work to treat young people battling colorectal cancers, find new treatments to combat this disease, and eventually make colorectal cancer a thing of the past.  

Thank you for your support!

 

 

PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$130,230.60
Goal:$180,000
David Thau's Team: Beyond CRC
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THANK YOU TO MY DONORS

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ADAM LEVIN AND HEATHER MCDOWELL
$515
Alicia Rockmore
$100
Alizah Schall
Allen Rosenshine
$500
Andrew Jonas
$1,000
Anne and Rick Roth
$103
Anne Hess & Craig Kaplan for David Thau
$1,000
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$25,000
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$5,000
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$309
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$103
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$100
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$100
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$100
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$18
Ben, Katie, & Betty Lou
Bernard Pemstein
$37
Beth Berman
$103
Betty Cotton
$103
Bill Falik & Diana Cohen for David Thau
$1,000
Bill Smith
Bill Titelman
Brina Milikowsky
Carol Harris and Bob Kann
$300
Cecile Richards
$206
Chase Martin
$515
Chip and Marybeth
$103
Conor Moran
Dana and Gary Mindlin
Danny and Lynn Mandeau
Danny Gilberg
$50
David Cohn, Eve Collen & family
$206
David J Thau
$1,030
David Mande;
$300
Debra Stein
Dr. Joanne Lasker
Erika Kramer
$154
Esther and Alan Greif
$103
Frank Kline
Goldman Sonnenfeldt Foundation
$1,000
Hanna S. Cohn Memorial Fund for David Thau
$1,000
Hannah S. & Samuel A. Cohn Memorial Foundation
$900
Jack Hornor
$257
Jackie Weiss & Jon Thau
$515
Jan Schwartz
$100
Jeanne Donovan Fisher
$1,030
Jennifer Miller
$74
Jessica & Mark Daigle
$100
Jim Nathan
$150
Joe Caiazzo
$103
Joe Cohn and Amy Chosky
$200
Joel Frydman
$360
Jonathan, Melissa, Dani, and Gabriel
Judy & David Gilberg
Julie Maltzman
$180
Julie Plaut Mahoney & Tim Mahoney for David Thau
$118
Katie Ernst
$100
Kelly Farquharson
$103
Kenneth Jarin
$500
L. Haynes
$315
Laura Glufling-Tham
$103
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Lauren and Michael Hoffman
$50
Lisa Litant
Marcie Abramson & Jeffrey Hunt
$103
Margot Snowdon
$1,545
Marissa McBride
$1,000
Matty hope
$30
Mitzi Joy Jonas
$50
Mr. Bruce Jacobs
$103
Mr. Charles Couric
$100
Mr. Hirsh Kravitz
$103
Mr. Jason Starr
$50
Mr. Paul Joseph Brown
$500
Mr. Robert Fallon
$500
Mr. Stuart Cole
$515
Mr. Timothy Davis
$103
Mrs. Abby Gordon
$180
Mrs. Robin Krieger
$288
Mrs. Sybil Robson Orr
$1,000
Ms. Carol Welsch
$103
Ms. Catherine Briggs
Ms. Celia Felsher
$309
Ms. Cynthia Miscikowski
$257
Ms. Laura Keiter
$118
Ms. Laurie Schecter
$515
Ms. Lita Thau
$300
Ms. Ruth Levine Arnold
$103
Ms. Susan Thompson
$50
Nickie and Jay Johnson
$100
Pamela Kreeger
Paul & Ann Sagan
Paul Begala
$515
Peter L Kellner
$300
Phyllis Kaplan
$100
Pilar Martinez
$103
Priscilla & Geoffrey Stein
Rachel and Dan Wagman
Richard and Sandy Thau
$1,800
Robert Goodman
Robin Evans & Larry Cohn
$500
Robina Riccitiello/Spark Features
$1,030
Ronna and Michael Benjamin
Sandra Thompson
$515
Shannon Hunt-Scott
Sheila Nielsen
$100
Shelley and Bennett Schmidt
$100
Shelley and Bruce Lipschultz
Sherman & Tucker
$180
Stephen and Randi Freedman
$100
Stephen Samuels
$103
Steven Fleishman
$100
Stuart Price
$1,000
Susan Lehman
Syd Terry & Larkin Parker
Temple Emanuel Morning Minyan
$250
The Brian & Margot Charitable Gift Fund
The Hayes Family
The Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust
$50,000
Zachary Maltzman
$150
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