Cancer entered my life way too early in life. At the age of 15, barely 5 days after mothers' day, I lost my maternal grand-mother to colon cancer. Five years later, it was my paternal grandfather's turn to leave us - after a painful struggle - from a bout with metastatic cancer. My dear dear grandparents.....Then, my uncle passed away at age 43, after an alarming brain cancer tumor diagnosis .
Then in 2013, my dear cousin Annie, who suffered incredibly during four painful years, lost her battle at age 44 to an agressive colorectal cancer, leaving her husband and two young children behind.
My mom, thankfully due to the progress in science that i work for every day, celebrated 6 years of remission after being diagnosed with breast cancer. But verywhere, all around me, among my friends, my family and my colleagues, cancer lurks cruelly .....Near the end of 2020, 3 of my friends lost a parent to cancer and a close relative also lost his battle with an agressive and unforgiving type of cancer in the midst of the covid pandemic.
After 10 years working at the Cancer Research Society, I wish more than ever to step up to the challenge; to get out of my comfort zone; to participate in a Challenge which will take me to Portugal, where I will walk nearly 125 Km in support of cancer research. I hope I'll find your precious and generous support on my path, in honor of my family, my friends, and yours, for LIFE!
Thank you for contributing generously to my CRS Challenge campaign in September 2021!