Most of you know that 5 years ago this past September, I was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma. After 6 months of chemo, I ran/walked my first Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond (thanks to my niece Laurie's suggestion and organization). I was joined by Laurie, my brother-in-law Kelly, and two of my nephews, Aaron and Blake, as well as Joan, and the very first TEAM HAYDEN completed that cold, cold race and raised money for the Massey Cancer Center at VCU. Little did we know that Massey Cancer Center would save my life that same year...
Three months later, my oncologist told us that my cancer had morphed into a very aggressive diffuse large B cell lymphoma. Without a stem cell transplant, he said that my life expectancy would be 2 years...
I checked into Massey Cancer Center at VCU Hospital in November 2015 and had the stem cell transplant right around Thanksgiving. I was out of the hospital in December and able to come home December 30th.
Since that time my scans have been good and my remission has continued. And so has TEAM HAYDEN! We have run the race every year and will do so again this year on March 28, 2020.
Since this year is a milestone anniversary, I would like to raise at least $2,500 for the Massey Cancer Center. I would love to have your support-either by having you run/walk the race, or by making a donation.
I am being bold, and I am dreaming big! I have accepted the challenge because I want to see a world without cancer.
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 and to make my miles matter at the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k.
By fundraising for Massey, my 10k will have special meaning and honor those I love who are battling – or have battled cancer.
Will you make a donation towards my fundraising goal or join my team? We can do it together!!
Best - Hayden
Autumn - Here is a picture when I first saw my granddaughter after my stem cell transplant!!