I just registered for the 20th annual Hike4Hope in order help save lives! I'm raising funds in support of City of Hope's global fight to find cures for women's cancers.
Saturday night, I woke up at 2:30 AM in a hotel room, and tried everything to go back to sleep. By 5 AM, I resorted to counting my ar so There are so many, it worked!
Eleven years ago, on Valentine’s day I woke up with flu like symptoms, that over the next two weeks was diagnosed as Mantle Cell Lymphoma…. a very rare form of the disease. I would come to learn it’s a 9/11, acquired cancer.
Through a network of friends, I was connected to leading research and medical centers around the world, with access to experts in MCL to decide on treatment. City of Hope co-treated me. Eleven days before starting a yearlong grueling + toxic round of treatment, COH received approval for Rituxan to treat my disease. It helped save my life. Gratitude is too insignificant a word for all the generosity, assistance and support that followed.
Knowing it was incurable and would return, I knew how fortunate I was to thrive, and never (well rarely) took a day for granted. As the 10-year mark approached it was clear I was living on expired time. With too many things undone, relatively healthy and in good shape my Bill agreed to take a year off and travel around the world. We rented out our NYC home, and put together a travel plan that changed as we went. It was an amazing, life inspiring adventure!
Returning to CA in 2017, before starting the next leg of our journey, I went to COH for a checkup. All was good, and 6 weeks later it wasn’t. The bad news is my Cancer took an encore
The good news is, in the 11 years since my diagnosis, the landscape for protocols has changed. There’s a renaissance in cancer research, and a plethora of protocols exist. And City of Hope is leading the way in disruptive, game changing research! So, instead of leaving for a cross country trip on July 6, we drove to COH to begin chemo.
COH is in the business of BIG medical research ideas that rapidly result in powerful treatments that save lives. More cancers are treatable manageable while patients live longer, better lives. A few of the proprietary developments that set them apart:
4 of the most widely used Cancer drugs + Synthetic InsulinTargeted DaVinci radiation300 FDA patents500 clinical trials, that treat over 6000 patients
When other facilities say “No”, COH says, “Let’s see” and they do it with care + humility. It’s why I’ve been shamelessly, passionately raising money for them. This will be our 20th and final Hike-4-Hope in the Indian Canyons in Palm Springs with 700 hikers participating to battle Cancer! Too many friends, relatives, young and old have been recently diagnosed. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. So, for the last time, please join me helping others count their blessing with a donation to our Hike and COH.
With immense gratitude,