By Ashley Valco
I walk for Katie.
As you know from Rebecca’s recent post about childhood cancer, September is childhood cancer awareness month. Every September in Boston, they hold the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk.
This is something that is close to my heart.
This walk raises the most money for a single-day walk in the nation and has raised nearly $95 million for the fight against cancer since 1989. It fundraises for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission to conquer all forms of cancer in children and adults.
This is the foundation that helped my cousin Katie during her battle with cancer.
|Katie and the best dog around, Cocoa|
So, on September 21, 2014 I will be walking 26.2 miles for Katie.
Katie suffered from two-forms of cancer simultaneously: a germ-cell cancer called “immature teratoma,” and another virulent strain known as PNET (primitive neuroectodermal tumor), which essentially feeds off the teratoma and grows at a rapid rate.
The Jimmy Fund treated her for 15 months during her battle...
|Katie and I|
My beautiful cousin loved the color purple.
She loved to dance.
She loved school.
She touched everyone’s lives.
This is a great organization that is at the forefront against cancer. I am honored to walk with “Katie’s Keepers” and raise money to help everyone whose lives (young and old) have been effected by cancer.
|Katie's best Keepers - her mom and sisters|
Please help Katie’s Keepers and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by donating to my page.
Click the Link Below to check out my personal page and donate. Every dollar helps!