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I shouldn’t have been surprised when Carolyn told me her doctor had found a new lump. Five years ago, she went through violent rounds of chemo and radiation treatments to treat stage four breast cancer. But then she was in remission.
Until last fall, when she learned that oh-so-insidious cancer cells had metastasized; cancer in her bones, her stomach and her breasts.
Because research has advanced cancer treatments in the last five years, there is hope. Carolyn is on protocols that didn’t exist five years ago. (In fact, doctors told her that if these treatments had been available the first time she was diagnosed, she probably wouldn’t have had to have chemo and radiation.)
Carolyn’s cancer is ferocious, though. After several months, the new protocol stops working, and she begins a new treatment
Her family and close friends wait, never really at ease, for new evidence that the cancer is spreading.
Here’s the thing. Carolyn is my oldest and dearest friend. I’ve shared countless dinner parties with her and her husband and a terrific assortment of other smart, interesting, funny people. I’ve watched her two beautiful daughters grow from infant and toddler to lovely, accomplished young women.
Carolyn has been a part of my life for nearly 30 years. The truth is, I simply cannot imagine the world without Carolyn in it.
So this year, this crazy summer of My Pelotonia 2020, I’m riding, walking, and running 60 miles every week for 10 weeks, and committing to raising $3,000 for cancer research.
These weekly miles represent the 30 years I have known Carolyn and the 30 years I hope to know her still.
A cure can’t come quickly enough.
I hope you'll consider making a donation to my ride. Please know that 100% of your gift goes directly to cancer research at Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Though the James is in Central Ohio, its life-saving research touches the lives of cancer patients around the globe.