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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. “Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease.”-Childhood cancer awareness advocacy.
Every September in Boston, they hold the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk.
This is something that is close to my heart.
The Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk raises the most money for a single-day walk in the nation and has raised nearly $95 million for the fight against cancer since 1989. It fundraises for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission to conquer all forms of cancer in children and adults.
This is the foundation that helped my cousin Katie during her battle with cancer.
Tomorrow, September 25th, 2016 I will be walking the historic Boston Marathon route, Hopkinton to Boston, 26.2 miles for Katie. “Katie’s Keepers” is the name of our team. Donna Stone -Katie’s mom and my Godmother :)- is the team leader. We have 18 people walking this year!!
Katie suffered from two-forms of cancer simultaneously: a germ-cell cancer called “immature teratoma,” and another virulent strain known as PNET (primitive neuroectodermal tumor), which essentially feeds off the teratoma and grows at a rapid rate.
The Jimmy Fund treated her for 15 months during her battle…
My beautiful cousin loved the color purple.
She loved to dance.
She loved school.
She touched everyone’s lives.
This is a great organization that is at the forefront against cancer. I am honored to walk with “Katie’s Keepers” and raise money to help everyone whose lives (young and old) have been effected by cancer.
Please help Katie’s Keepers and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by donating to my page.
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