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|I recall vividly my mom calling me to tell me the news. I was outdoors having a bonfire on a Sunday. Life was good. And then...it wasn't. My dad's PSA levels were highly elevated and we were told that the small town we lived in could not see him for 6 weeks. 6 weeks?! That seemed unbearably long. Was there a faster or better option? I live in Boston, so there were so many options to think about. My mind immediately went to Dana Farber. |
Incredibly, my dad was seen less than two weeks later. The doctors sat and answered our exhausting list of questions. They were real human beings; as in, they cared how we were feeling and not just about the facts of the prognosis and treatment delivery. They cared that we understood every facet of this journey we were about to undergo. And perhaps the most powerful part was that every person in the hospital that day was either a cancer survivor or a support person. Many of them were fighting for their lives, but at least they had hope. And I felt hopeful. Within two short weeks, our family went from a feeling of despair to one of hopefulness.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute provides this precious commodity (hope) on a daily basis and I can't think of any better cause to support than this one. And yes, we played in last year's inaugural tournament with my dad. It was a blast. And we will continue to play as long as our finances and health allow. I urge you to join us - there are so many families facing uncertainty and many more that will face it at some point soon. But fortunately, the incredible Dana Farber staff will be there to greet them. And patiently respond to all their questions. And convey humanity and hope in the face of despair."