BENEFITING: FORWARD4TOBI FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: FORWARD4TOBI FOUNDATION
EVENT: 2015 Chicago Marathon
EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2015
Dear Family and Friends,
As many of you know, my dear friend Tobi Klonecki passed away after a 4-year valiant fight with stage 4 breast cancer at the young age of 42. She left behind her two young sons and her adoring husband – all of whom are very close to our family. After receiving the diagnosis, she became very involved with support groups and research geared to young women diagnosed with metastatic cancer. She attended a number of conferences and remained connected with many of the women that she met while at these educational opportunities. I recall her sharing with me how fortunate she felt to have access to cutting edge information, which translated into potential options for her disease. She wished others had access to the same opportunities.
Following her death, her husband Tom started a foundation called Forward4Tobi in an effort to raise awareness and money for young women diagnosed with this aggressive disease. Forward4Tobi is an organization that raises money in order to help young women have access to a range of otherwise impossible opportunities such as child care (so that these women can receive treatments), money to attend educational annual meetings for breast cancer patients, treatments that are sometimes not covered by insurance companies, as well of a host of other related obstacles to the care of these young women.
In an effort to support this organization, we have recruited 15 people to run the Chicago Marathon in October 2015. We hope to raise $50,000 as a group. Each runner is hoping to raise $2500. I am asking for your help towards this goal. ALL proceeds to go this foundation.
Personally, I have had a number of experiences with important women in my family who have suffered from this unrelenting disease. My mom was diagnosed with her first bout of breast cancer when she was 40 years old and then again when she was 50 years old. My mom was lucky enough to catch it early and she has had a double mastectomy and reconstruction. She just turned 70 last year. My aunt was also diagnosed at a relatively young age and had a very aggressive form of breast cancer. She underwent a series of treatments and is still here to tell her story. I, myself, have been followed closely since the age of 28 due to my family history. My doctors at the Dana Farber have been highly involved in my care and I receive yearly mammograms and yearly breast MRIs in an effort to catch any potential abnormal cell growth. As an additional preventative measure, I was put on Tamoxifen (a medication that is considered a chemotherapy but actually prevents the reuptake of estrogen in the body – and my family history carries estrogen positive cancer). Ironically, Tobi was put on Tamoxifen as a way to SAVE her life while I started to take it in an effort to prevent the disease. I recently had to go off of Tamoixfen as the research indicates only a 5 year exposure to the medication with lasting effects for 20 years. Fingers crossed…
That being said, this couldn’t be a more important fund raising event for me personally. Any support that you are able to give would be appreciated.