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I am excited to participate in my first Chicago edition of the Be the Match run! I participated in St. Louis in 2014 & 2015, but unfortunately, that fundraiser has been cut.
My dad passed away from a rare form of MDS in January of 2014. We thought everything was going to be fine. He was "too young" for MDS and they had "caught it early." He began chemo treatments in June of 2013, and by September of 2013, he was admitted into the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. A "perfect match" had been found on the registry and it met 10 of the 10 things needed! We were all so excited and stayed with him, talking and joking late into the night of his transplant. Things looked great for the next few weeks and he was sent home in late October! His body began rejecting the transplant in early November though, and he was readmitted into BJC. Obviously we were very upset, but had hope that he would recover. Everything had gone too well up to that point. We spent Thanskgiving with him in the hospital, and knew that he wasn't going to get better by Christmas. The doctors tried many different treatments, and were considering another transplant when he took a turn for the worst. He passed away on January 12, 2014 and my family has been trying to recover ever since.
That's when I made it my personal motto to do everything I could to prevent other families from the same experiences mine had. Dads mean everything to their daughters, and mine was no different. Everyone is given different hardships in life, and cancer is definitely one of the worst. It affects every part of the person and family unit. I have decided to run with Be the Match to prevent as many families as possible from experiencing the negative effects of cancer.
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I am participating in this year’s Be The Match Walk+Run because it’s important to do right. Blood cancer has a cure. We need YOU to join the fight and help more patients.
I’ve set a fundraising goal and I need your help to reach it.The money we raise will:
Please support me and together we can show blood cancer it has met its match.
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