On October 2nd, my daughter and I are participating in the 2022 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk which is a fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. We walked for the first time in 2021 while the race followed a “Walk My Way” format. This year, we are looking forward to joining the other walkers back on the official Boston Marathon course.
Once again, we are walking and fundraising in support of our dear friends whose daughter succumbed to pediatric brain cancer in 2017. Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is the deadliest pediatric cancer and has no effective treatment. Dr. Mariella Filbin is working to change that as head of the Filbin Lab at Dana Farber and Co-Research Director of Pediatric Neuro-oncology. You can read more about her work here.
I have written previously about Dr. Filbrin’s efforts while working at the Broad Institute, and about other nonprofit organizations like Lucy’s Love Bus that help support children undergoing medical treatment. At the root and heart of all of these causes are families like my friends – parents and siblings who have lost someone along the way and now seek to help other families in their fight against disease. My friends are proud of the over $240,000 they raised while at the Broad Institute and the $50,000 they have raised since transferring these efforts to Dana Farber, bringing them halfway to their $100,000 goal for 2023.
If you’re able, would you consider making a donation to our walk? We are walking with our friends on a team called “We Can Do This!” but we sure could use your help. The proceeds we raise will be funneled toward Dr. Filbin’s work. My donation page for the Jimmy Fund is located here. Any amount helps.
Thank you for considering.
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