Amazing, loving, strong, happy, graceful, selfless - my Mom.
Fourteen years ago, she was diagnosed with a rare form of peritoneal cancer, which is so rare that at that time there had been less than 40 documented cases in the world. There was no known cause, no genetic link, and because of its rarity, not enough research to establish a specific treatment protocol. Without a specific treatment plan for this cancer, my mother’s doctors followed the protocol for stage four ovarian cancer, and fortunately for us, she survived with a good quality of life for 18 months.
Throughout that time, my mother fought the good fight, enduring chemotherapy with all its attendant side effects and, all the while, remaining the perpetual optimist and never once asking “why me”? She embraced every day and moved through her life with joy and hope. I am forever grateful those additional 18 months afforded my mother by her treatment; however, I cannot help but wish that there had been more treatment options and a better understanding of my mother’s cancer, so that she could have lived to meet her grandchildren.
Like many of you, throughout my life, I have donated to cancer research. Yet after my mother’s illness, I came to an even greater realization of how vital our contributions are to funding crucial research for all types of cancer, and particularly, those rarer forms which, unfortunately, go understudied or unstudied due to lack of funding. I have accepted the Massey Challenge in the loving memory of my mother and to raise money for VCU Massey Cancer in the hope that someday thanks to research, there will be a cure for my Mom’s cancer and for all types of cancers!
VCU Massey Cancer Center is working to save lives and find cures right here in Virginia, and, to support their life-saving cancer research, I have accepted the Massey Challenge to fundraise. I may not be a runner but I'll walk the Monument 10K to make my miles matter!
The Richmond Region of Long & Foster has created a campaign called "Agents of Hope." Our realtors are uniting together to participate in the Monument 10K and raise money for the Massey Cancer Center, a charitable partner of the race. My goal is to raise $1,000 for MCC.
By fundraising for Massey, my 10k will have special meaning and honor my mother, father, grandmother and godmother and those still battling.
Please consider making a donation towards my fundraising goal or join my 10K team to walk or run on the 28th. Let's work together to put cancer on the run!