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Jordy Shoemaker


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 My Fundraising Goal:
$5,000.00
 Money Raised to Date:
$6,250.00
BELIEVE

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is on track to conquering major forms of cancer within this decade. Home to many of the world's groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research and treatment, Dana-Farber is uniquely primed to transform this vision to a reality.
The summer before my sophomore year at Notre Dame we received the news: my father had been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic cancer. He was given a 20% chance of surviving one year. Just like that, our entire world changed. My head filled with questions… “365 days left with my dad? That can’t be right- we have too much left to do together. Should I transfer to Boston College and move home? Should I take leave from school and become his full time caregiver? How many months do we have left together? How many holidays? Will he be there to see me graduate? Will he be there to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day? What will this journey be like? Will he suffer? Did they make a mistake? Why him? Why us? Why anyone?”

Suddenly, there was a deafening ticking clock in our ears and a storm cloud hovering over us, the uncertainty of its downpour leaving me terrified. If my dad was scared, he never let on. There were endless radiation treatments that left him frail and weak. There were hours on end of chemotherapy, even on Christmas Eve. We learned quickly that cancer doesn’t take holidays. His fight with cancer was an everyday battle and my father approached it with grit, positivity, faith, and belief. He refused to let it claim the time he had left and so I refuse to say, “He lost his battle with cancer.” He won. Although it eventually claimed his body, it never once won over his mind or his spirit.

Why do I run? Simply put, because dollars lead to research, research leads to more time, and more time is priceless. Cancer institutes all over the country, like Dana Farber, are committed to advancing cancer care. Thanks to them, I was given four and a half more years with my father instead of the predicted one. He taught me how to believe in myself, in others, and in beating the odds. So, I run in honor of my father. I run because I can and for those who no longer can. I run as a member of the Dana Farber team in hopes that I am spreading my father's call to action to believe, and in some small way, contributing to another family getting more time together. I hope you will join me on my journey to raise $5,000.

May we get to a cure together.





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