BENEFITING: SOUTH NASSAU COMMUNITIES HOSPITAL
EVENT DATE: Sep 25, 2016
The first time I remember someone in my life being touched by cancer, I was 12. My mom's best friend from childhood was 46 and developed multiple myeloma. She was my favorite “aunt” and it was crushing (her daughter was the one from whom I get my nickname "Bokey" - "Aunt Wanda" always called me "Marky" and her daughter, who was 2 years older than me, said it as "Bokey"). When I was 20, a friend of mine who was four years older than me developed brain cancer. We lost him two very difficult years later. I just turned 56, and it caused me to think about my father. Around the time he turned 56, he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and he was gone in 2 years. Two more aunts and an uncle died of cancer in the next three years. Just 10 years after my father, my father-in-law died of lung cancer, and six short years after that, my mother-in-law died from the breast cancer she had been fighting for years. My sister died of cancer just five years ago. Dozens of our friends have similar stories of cancer wreaking havoc in their lives. I am walking on a mission to beat cancer. My hospital is holding a 5K Walk for Cancer to benefit cancer care here on Long Island, and I would greatly appreciate your support. Jess and I often give to causes such as this but don't often ask for support; but this time, I am asking you to help in whatever way you can. I live every day with the fear that cancer could knock on my door, or my family's door. Please pledge your support at my CrowdRise page: www.crowdrise.com/march-against-cancer/fundraiser/mhead . I am hoping to raise $2,500. I hope you can help.