The day before I moved to San Francisco, someone very special to me was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. To say this was a shock would be an understatement, as she is one of the healthiest women I know: doesn’t drink or smoke, eats well, maintains a positive attitude, and has an active lifestyle. To hear her doctor’s explanation that her diagnosis was not due to lifestyle choices or environmental factors but rather just “bad luck” did not settle well with me. How could a disease that’s affected so many people we love for so many years not be preventable or treatable at this point?
Yesterday was this person’s first day of chemotherapy. She survived day one and even managed to send a joke about it afterwards! This didn’t surprise me at all! Throughout her life, she’s had many roles: daughter, sister, wife, mother of four beautiful children, loving and fun auntie (/surrogate mom for a West Coast transplant - yours truly!), and - now – a cancer fighter.
On September 28th, I’ll be jumping into the Bay for the 1.75 mile SF Open Water Bay SAA event to do my small part to fight this awful disease. The event is special for two reasons... First, it’s on this person’s birthday! Secondly, the money raised benefits two local cancer programs: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program. Last year, the swim raised $650,000 for these programs. My goal is to raise $4000, and I would love your help reaching that number!
Any amount is great and very much appreciated :)
Thank you for the support!