In June of 2010, after diagnosed with stage III kidney cancer, I was not sure my father would still be here 5 years later yet, this year my father reached the 5 year mark, which for any cancer survivor is a major milestone.
Over the past 5 years he has participated in an multiple drug trials, had two lung surgeries and two brain surgeries and had multiple radiation treatments. He continues to fight and we credit the Dr's, nurses and staff at Beth Israel as the main reason he is made it this far.
He has been through many struggles the last few years but we has also had many blessing as well. He has opened and operated his own business, he has run 4 half marathons, he was able to cheer on both his kids run the 2015 Boston Marathon and he was there to celebrate the birth of his first grandchild, and 2 birthdays since. All of these things would not have been possible if not for the care and treatment he received from BIDMC. We are so thankful for all they have done for us, and running for TeamBIDMC and raising money for the hospital has been our way to say thank you and be able to give back.
This year we are fundraising to surrpor the Annual Fund.
BIDMC depends on the Annual Fund to fulfill its mission of providing compassionate patient care.
This fund raises unrestricted dollars that can be used immediately for a wide range of needs. They provide a reliable, steady source of funding for the programs that need it most:
- Promising research projects, such as cancer genetics investigations
- Annual operating costs, such as funding for social worker positions
- Career development opportunities for staff, such as continuing education scholarships for nurses
- Expansion of clinical spaces, like minimally invasive surgery suites
- Academic and teaching programs, such as fellowships for the next generation of physicians in growing service lines