Cancer has a major impact on soceity in the United States and around the world. In 2016 an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States. Roughly 595,690 of these died from this disease. Cancer is not a disease that is limited to older adults. In 2014 an estimated 15,780 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 were diagnosed and 15,780 succumbed to the disease. National expenditures for cancer care in the United States could reach a staggering $156 billion by 2020.
A cancer diagnosis can completely alter the lives of those stricken with the disease as well as their family and friends. Unfortunately, there are many of us whose lives have been impacted by a diagnosis of someone close to us. In November of 2016 I recevied news that our family friend, Mary Henry, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Neuroendocrine Carcinoma. Neuroendocrine tumors are so rare that they account for less than 1% of all malignant disorders in the United States. To date Mary has endured 7 rounds of chemotherapy. After round 8 they will be doing a full body scan in order to assess how many more rounds she may need, as well as to make further decisions regarding her treatment.
Mary is not only a close family friend, but a former co-worker at TF South High School. Additionally, her husband Paul works with my husband. They have two wonderful children in their 20's. Their daughter Caitlin is in college and plays Lacrosse, and their son Zach will be leaving for Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps in June. Because this devistating disease has taxed much of Mary's strength, some of her family and friends will be running the Rugged Maniac mud run/obstacle course in order to raise funds for The American Cancer Society on Mary's behalf. I will be spending my summer training, knowing there is NOTHING I can endure that is more difficult than what Mary is going through.
Please consider a donation to The American Cancer Society so that I can participate in the Rugged Maniac on Mary's behalf. In this battle against this horrible disease called cancer- no one fights alone. This time, it's personal.