Since I ran the Love Run last year, I was diagnosed with a lesion on my pancreas in addition to the metastasis in my lungs diagnosed in 2018. I’ve been in a clinical trial since August and am responding well to the treatments. The first CT scan from the trial revealed that the treatments are working and the situation is under control! And while I am not cancer-free, my body is responding well to the drugs.
In the trial, I’m benefiting from the latest breakthroughs in immunotherapy and targeted therapy. Traditional chemotherapy is not effective against kidney cancer and these new types of drugs are game-changers in treating renal cell carcinoma. My treatment consists of monthly infusions of an immunotherapy drug and twice-daily doses of an oral targeted inhibitor. The immunotherapy stimulates my immune system to attack the cancer, and the targeted inhibitor blocks cancer cells from receiving oxygen. Both trial drugs are already FDA approved, however, researchers are testing this particular combination. I will continue in the trial and hope that the cancer will be managed for many years.
The side effects are manageable and don’t significantly impact my quality of life. I’ve not been able to run as before but still enjoy getting out there to run and walk. My goal is to run the Love Run surrounded by my family and friends.
Thank you to Carmen who has been with me every step of the way, and my sisters for their love and support. I have the best friends in the world and an incredible running community that have encouraged me. I especially want to thank the doctors, staff and support teams at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Jefferson Health and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Philadelphia is truly fortunate to have these and other world-class cancer centers.
I hope you will consider making a donation to Legacy of Hope and give hope to other patients like me.
I Run for Those Who Cannot...
The goal is simple: ensure families in Philadelphia with a loved one fighting cancer never go hungry again.
On March 27th, 2022 I am running the Philadelphia Love Half Marathon, and dedicating every mile to ensuring no cancer patients in Philadelphia, or their families, go hungry or lose their home. Each week families across Philadelphia with a loved one fighting cancer go hungry, and without the Emergency Patient Support Network countless cancer patients in Philadelphia will continue facing hunger. Legacy of Hope created the Emergency Patient Support Network in partnership with Philadelphia hospitals to quickly identify financially disadvantaged Philadelphia cancer patients, and provide emergency support; preventing hunger and homelessness.
I promise to train and race hard, but I need your support. If you are able to, please support me as I train and run in this race. Every dollar helps.
Spread the word: Philadelphia cancer patients and their families do not go hungry!
Legacy of Hope, like most other organizations, has been impacted by the current events, economic downturn, and event cancellations, yet Legacy of Hope refuses to scale back its emergency patient support operations because a resulting loss of life will never be an option.
Over the next few months, we will train, have fun doing what we love, bring our city together, and make some incredible memories along the way. In doing so we’ve been given an awesome opportunity to ensure no family in Philadelphia goes hungry because a loved one is fighting cancer, creating a legacy which will outlive all of us. Our goal for the Love Run 2022 (Philly Runs Free campaign) is $250,000. This will ensure that no family living in Philadelphia goes hungry or loses their home because a loved one has cancer. No elderly parent, or spouse, or child, or cancer patient will have to wonder where their next meal will come from, or will they will live.