2017 Family Fun Run

2017 Family Fun Run Photo

The Story

EVENT DATE: Apr 22, 2017

The 2017 Family Fun Run is honoring Carol Quaid.

Meet our 2017 Honoree October 2, 2013 – the fateful day of my cancer diagnosis – Stage 1 DCIS – when I received a phone call from my gynecologist while I was at work. Really! I decided I needed a second opinion and did so at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC, where I ended up having my lumpectomy and 5 months of chemotherapy. I was fortunate that the side effects were not as bad as I thought they would be. Following chemo, I finished up my treatment plan with radiation therapy at the Dyson Center. I am continuing to take medicine for a few more years to help prevent recurrence. I was so fortunate to have rides to NYC for my treatments, meals delivered, phone calls, and so many cards, but the most support I received was in all of the PRAYERS I received and God’s graces. Without my faith, I wouldn’t have had the strength and courage to get through it. If He leads me to it, He will get me through it. And what else helps me get through this “cancer speedbump”? Laughing and shopping with friends and attending Zumba classes. My favorite thing to do is read at the ocean. I love to be busy and have a purpose and can’t say “no” to volunteering – my family can attest to that! I learned of Miles of Hope through my job as a grant administrator at IBM. Lynne Kopac had applied for and I have been approving grants to this wonderful organization for many years. I was not a recipient of care from Miles of Hope (financial assistance, peer-to-peer counseling, complementary medicine) because I am so blessed with so many friends, my amazing mom, my four wonderful sisters and of course my husband and children whom I didn’t need to ask for any help. I would rather Miles of Hope help those who aren’t as fortunate as I was. My key advice is to please get your annual mammogram. The doctor said if I hadn’t gotten it annually, I wouldn’t have discovered the lump for at least 7 years and by then it would have been Stage IV. If I can convince even one of you to do that, then being this year’s honoree was worth it. Mammos do save lives. I want to thank my husband and best friend, Anthony, to whom I’ve been married for 31 years, my dear children Meaghan, Anthony, Shannon, and Nicholas, my Mom, my sisters, and my friends who all were there for me through this difficult journey. I can happily and proudly say that I am a survivor. I am blessed to wake up each day and thank God for all of it. Last, but not least, I want to thank Miles of Hope for this honor, but actually they deserve to be honored for all the help they give to those in need 365 days a year. It means so much to me, and I pray that breast cancer will one day be a thing of the past.

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