After attending the Friday night festivities and watching Darren ride the first year, I was in! Now I'm gearing up for my 6th year of fundraising for the Fred Hutch and riding at Obliteride. But our personal cancer story starts much earlier.
Before and durring our engagement, Darren kept getting sick with pneumonia symptoms, totally wiped out for a few days. After numerous tests and antibiotics didn't conclude anything specific, 6 months later a biopsy of his underarm lymph node (swelled up to a golf ball right before it) gave us his lymphoma diagnosis while me and his parents were in the waiting room. We promptly moved his treatment to Fred Hutch. While his first set of chemo treatments that included a few hospital stays didn't cure his Hodgkin's lymphoma we decided we would wait until after our wedding and honeymoon to pursue the transplant. It was one of the hardest decisions of our lives. A few months later Darren finished the transplant regiment and was quickly recovering. We are one of the lucky ones who can celebrate, and with more than 15 years of Darren's good health. I'm so very thankful for the care and support we received from the Fred Hutch and UW. And while it's been 15 years, I'll never forget the feeling of unknown and fear when we were told he still had cancer and should consider a transplant or on the flight home from our honeymoon not knowing what would come next with the transplant, or the relief we felt when he was given a clear bill of health.
We had treatment options and while the first didn't work, the second one did. We wish more of our family and friends could celebrate too. I'm working to help Fred Hutch cure cancer faster — and I need your support! Every Obliteride-raised dollar goes to lifesaving research at Fred Hutch. It’s amazing! But bold research takes money — and that’s where we come in.
Please donate today and join me in funding research to prevent and cure cancer. Go Team Chargers!