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When Jon was diagnosed with leukemia, we all dreaded and feared the same things. We knew he would feel sick. He would endure chemo and radiation therapy, probably losing his hair. We knew he would no longer be able to do the things he loved the most...watching the Phillies from SRO seats in the outfield, backpacking in the mountains of PA, and fishing in his canoe with an ice cold sixpack at his knees.
What we didn't know was how Jon's diagnosis would affect everything else. Jon and his family encountered grave financial hardship as a result of missed wages, travel expenses to and from treatments, and lengthy hospitalizations. Jon passed after a 13 month battle, but millions of other Americans still in the fight suffer from financial distress as a result of their cancer.
On September 20th and 21st, I will climb the Rocky steps for Crosier because he cannot climb the rolling hills of Pennsylvania anymore. I'll climb because no cancer patient or their family should lose their home or go without food, heat, or electricity because of a cancer diagnosis. I'll climb so that the most promising research to find treatments and cures doesn't run out of funding. If you know and loved Jon, come climb with me.
Legacy of Hope exists because no promising cancer research should go unfunded, and fighting cancer should not cost a family their home or cause a family to go hungry. Legacy of Hope is creating a united front to find a cure for every cancer, and to fight alongside those who have cancer.