To my dear friends, family, and fellow advocates,
I know this is the sixth time I've pled my case. Year after year, I ask you to reach into your pockets in order to contribute to something very personal to me. It is not really in my nature to ask for help, yet here I am doing so once again.
This past March marked the 5 year anniversary of Rick's death. It is nearly unfathomable how much has changed since that time. I've moved 1000 miles away from my home, left my friends and familiar surroundings. I have started a new career. I'm even dating. I have met some new friends - many widowed (thank you tribe), thankfully some who are not.
In the time since Rick died, I've lost far too many more friends to cancer. I've seen new advances which help cure certain subsets of people. I've cheered on dear friends as they very bravely enroll in clinical trials, hoping for response, and for greater quality of life. I have offered heartfelt words of hard earned experience to many spouses as they witness the impending deaths of their husbands or wives, and I've helped to encourage many newly widowed along the way. I've seen both of my parents diagnosed with cancers. The list goes on.
Despite all these changes and many more, some things remain exactly the same. I love and miss my husband. We were robbed of the life we intended to lead. I've had all these experiences in the past five years - good and bad, exciting an mundane. The fact is, Rick wasn't here to experience any of them with me. His kids, parents, sisters and friends have all had their paths changed.
In Rick's memory, and with his blessing, we created the HIPEC research fund at Roswell Park. 100% of the money raised by my ride team will go straight to research being conducted by Rick's skilled and compassionate surgeon Dr. Joseph Skitzki. The reseach being funded by your donations will help families like mine to have more time together - and what a gift that is.
Please donate what you are able to my ride in memory of my incredible husband Rick, and in honor of all the patients, caregivers, doctors, nurses, aides, staff, and bereaved who live this fight every single day.
With sincere gratitude,