$4,598,628.50. I am so proud to be a part of such a successful and inspirational team, that even in light of the difficult economy, continues to advance the fight against cancer. This whole "finding a cure for cancer" thing is a marathon. It's impossible to know if we are getting close to the finish, or maybe just passing through the middles miles, but I do know that we are moving forward and taking steps every day. I also know that this DFMC team, and the $4,598,628.50 raised this year alone, is helping advance.
On a personal level, I surpassed my original goal by more than double to raise $47,721. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!! This effort is not a solo one, and there was certainly a great deal of help along the way from many, many people, including the "Friends of the Firths" in Chattanooga who organized the Ride for Life to bring over $12,000 to this cause. Additionally, more than 300 different people made contributions starting at $10 and going up from there showing that every dollar and every donation makes a difference. We together are making a huge impact. I can't write a check for $47,000, but my role as a member of the DFMC team is to bring together a group of people who care about this cause, and who can collectively give $47,000 or more. And we did that, together, for which I am incredibly grateful.
In the past 3 years of running for the marathon from Dana-Farber, I have helped to bring gifts over $82,000 to the Barr Program at Dana-Farber, along with all of you: supporters, friends, cheering sections, family
members, co-workers, gift givers, kind word sharers, readers of this
blog, sharers of this story, neighbors, running partners, etc.. It is certainly way beyond what I could have imagined when I first signed up. These funds are a gift for all of those who may face a cancer diagnosis in the future and all those who have reaped the benefits of the innovative research already conducted. It will make a difference.
The new running season is upon us, and the DFMC is gearing up for Boston in 2012. I am going to be back out there, logging a lot of miles between now and April, to get me from start to finish. And I'll again be running in a Dana-Farber shirt doing my best to help get the deserving and dedicated researchers at Dana-Farber the funds they need to find a cure.
Thank you dearly for your support and friendships. Thank you for supporting my family during some years that still are unfathomable. Thank you for being a part of this team that together is fighting to cure cancer.
Be good. Be strong.
To Make a Donation to the 2016 team
Please visit my fundraising page to make a donation to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (www.runDFMC.org/2017/jennies). Please help me reach my goal of $50,000 to fund important basic cancer research! With your support, we have already provided over $312,000 to Dana-Farber researchers over the past 8 years. Please give as generously as your means allow!