My personal story started when my father was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma on his left shoulder in 2011. After a 14-hour surgery to remove the malignant tumor and 3-months of radiation, his cancer had spread to his lungs. The doctor said it was the size of a pencil point, but it grew quickly and ferociously.
In 2012, after many different cocktails of chemotherapy, my father lost his life to this horrific disease.
During my dad’s battle, my sister was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She did not want to tell my parents. It wasn't until she started to lose her hair that she finally gained the courage to tell my parents about her fight. It was a hard time for my family, especially for my mother. Losing her partner of almost 60-years was hard enough, but the thought of losing a child to this disease was heartbreaking. Thankfully, my sister beat this disease and has been cancer free since!
In honor of my sister, and in memory of my father, I began running with a cause. I began participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Cancer is beatable. And, every little bit helps - from volunteering, to donating, to spreading the word and raising awareness. Let's end cancer.
World Cancer Day