In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. For my family, these statistics include my dad, an aunt, an uncle, and 3 grandfathers. Last year, a long-time friend's (and teammate's) husband beat stage 3 colon cancer. Everyone knows someone affected by this disease. My dad's battle is ongoing. The good news is that effective treatments, and even cures, are attainable, but only if the research is well funded.
This is my sixth year swimming this event, and being a part of this community. I hope that you will continue to support me and my swim by donating to fight against cancer. Working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with basic research labs has taught me that it takes a lot of money to conduct the basic research that eventually leads to effective clinical treatments. More importantly, it has taught me that it is incredibly hard to secure that money. Money raised from the Boston swim goes directly to local Boston institutes, specifically MGH and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, to support such research.
I'm proud of the fact that this year I can once again do something more to support my family and friends against this disease, and hope you'll support me. Any amount, small or large, makes a difference in the search for a cure. Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!