The Halliday sisters are running the 2020 Boston Marathon!
Last August our world changed. Jessica, was admitted to the Brigham and Women's Hospital after months of extreme and progressing GI symptoms. On the week of her 30th birthday, she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.
For Jess, it still feels like an out of body experience. "Me? You must be wrong", she remembers thinking when the physicians came in to break the devastating news. We all hear about other people being diagnosed with cancer, or see our loved ones battle through it, but we never imagine it will happen to us, personally. And then, for Jess, it did. "I was niave and thought "alright so let's do this, let's fight this and put it in the past". I had no idea that over a year later I would still be on this rollercoaster of what ifs, whys, and what is going to happen." says Jess.
While terrifying, Jess is tough - super tough. Throughout treatment she has continued to work, running her equestrian business, JH Eventing, out of her farm in Sutton MA, and for the winter months in Aiken, SC. During the winter, she would fly back to Boston from Aiken every other Monday night. Go to chemo treatment on Tuesday morning, and fly back to Aiken that evening with her chemo pack in tow. She is a "no excuses, get it done" kind of woman!
You can read more about her story, here.
Despite ongoing treatments, Jess is committed to giving back and helping out others in similar situations. Fundraising for the Cam Neely Foundation as we run the Boston Marathon is near and dear to our hearts. The fact that our parents have a residence in Brighton, MA has turned out to be immensely helpful during Jess' treatments. It allows Jess a place to stay close to the hospital when she has early or multi-day apointments; my parents to be close to her during in-patient stays; and Tanya a place to shower and get some Zzzs near the hospitals when traveling back to Boston from Salt Lake City. Most people do not have this type of support. Therefore, we all appreciate the role The Neely House plays for other cancer patients and their families whom are receiving cancer treatment at Tufts Medical Center. The Neely House serves as a home-away-from home, bed-and breakfast-style accomodation on the Tufts campus. From first hand experience, we know how helpful it is to have a place to call home close to cancer treatment centers, and fully support the Cam Neely Foundation in this, and all of their missions.
Lastly, Cam and the Bruins have been AMAZING during Jess' cancer fight. By running for their foundation we know we can be part of helping other cancer warriors, and their families, get through this as well!
Please consider donating or sharing our link with your neworks to help fundraise for this amazing foundation. We can't wait to hear the crowds in Boston as we cross that finish line!
Thank you for all your help!
For more about the Cam Neely Foundation, read below:
Cancer affects the entire family, not just the patient. Meeting families' overwhelming needs for accommodations, understanding, support and hope along with providing the opportunity for them to share time and experiences together embody the essence of The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care.
The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care was launched in 1995 by Boston Bruins President and alumnus, Cam Neely, after he lost his parents, Marlene and Michael Neely, to cancer. This experience created the inspiration to help others living with cancer. With the dream of honoring his beloved parents and the hope of helping others, The Cam Neely Foundation was created to help cancer patients and their families during treatment. As millions of Americans will be diagnosed this year with some form of cancer, an understandable sense of urgency propels the Foundation’s mission.
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care is a support driven 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is comprised of two parts: The Neely Cancer Fund and The Neely House. The Neely Cancer Fund supports treatment and research efforts while The Neely House provides a convenient, comfortable place to live, relax and talk to others while undergoing treatment.
Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over $30 million to Tufts Medical Center to design, fund and complete projects with immediate tangible results that have had a positive impact on thousands of families as they face such a difficult diagnosis. This special relationship with Tufts MC ensures easy access to some of Boston’s world-renowned medical facilities and to unmatched compassionate care. Together, we recognize that everyone’s needs are unique and, therefore, we strive to provide whatever care, emotional support and hope possible to facilitate the healing process.
Please support the Cam Neely Foundation Boston Marathon Team and help adults and pediatric cancer patients. Thank you.