This will be my thirteenth year running for Cancer Support Community Central NJ and the program my friend Dawn Peragallo helped start in 2006. This is also going to be my 17th year in a row running Boston.
This is why I keep going. As many of you know, Dawn lost her battle to cancer in April 2007. Dawn was a wonderful person and an inspiration to those who had the good fortune to know her. One of the many things Dawn accomplished in her all-too-brief life was to become involved with Cancer Support Community CNJ, a non-profit organization that offers programs for cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones.
Unfortunately these days, we have all been touched with cancer in our lives. It may be ourselves, a spouse, family member, friend or coworker. It can be overwhelming for an individual and their family to hear that initial diagnosis. They may receive great medical care from the excellent oncology nurses and physicians, but their emotional needs often go unmet. I think we can all agree that no one should fight cancer alone. As a mother of two, Dawn recognized the need for a support program for children whose parents are suffering with cancer. Dawn worked with the Cancer Support Community CNJ director, Eunice Jadlocki, to start the Kids Connect/Parents Connect program in 2006. Each year the program has continued to grow. In addition, a Kids Connect Bereavement Group has started. The two groups meet simultaneously -- one for the children who have lost a parent to cancer and the other for the surviving parent.
Dawn lives on through the Kids Connect/Parents Connect programs as they continue to help numerous children and their parents. Please help me support this wonderful program.Thank you for all your support! I will keep everyone updated on our progress.
Donate today to help children and parents find support and comfort so that no one faces cancer alone.
To learn more about Cancer Support Community Central NJ, visit www.cancersupportcnj.org