Help me increase lung cancer survival!
One week ago today, I kissed good-bye our close friend, Lesley. Les and I met in Chicago almost 15 years ago and I considered her more than a friend, but a core of my Chicago family. She was there to help with Colin when I went into labor with Connor, we watched her fall in love with her husband, Chris, and shared in the celebration of their wedding, followed by the birth of their two children. Our Chicago "framily" (aka the Hags) traveled countless places together, celebrated holidays together, and enjoyed more wine and laughs than I can count. Lesley's diagnosis rocked our world and while we are now forced to start a new chapter, we'll never be the same.
41 years old is way too young. But AstraZeneca discovered a therapy (Tagrisso) that kept her going and as some of you may recall when she was diagnosed her prognosis was grim. Big pharma and the support of science truly "saved" her life, and I vividly remember praying "for just a little longer" when she first got sick, because it was so unfair. She was given another 2 years and 9 months to not only start to function again, but spend time with her kids, now 4-1/2 year old Lachlan and 2-1/2 year old Camden. And in typical "Hag" fashion, jump on a plane with trips to Italy to see a close friend get married, celebrate 40th birthdays in Mexico and Arizona, and a trip to Boston to cheer on the Cubs (and even though she was an east coast native and Patriots fan, this was the only time I ever saw her cheer for the Red Sox :)). I'm pretty decent at making every moment count, but Lesley was a rock star at it - she walked to many of Connor's baseball games, even when she wasn't feeling great (as recently as three weeks ago), because she was our biggest cheerleader to every one of us, and has always, always been someone to make every moment count.
Thank you for thinking of Lesley throughout the last two+ years. All of our hearts are breaking but something we can all do, is to help continue to fund research to aid in discovery of therapies like Tagrisso, to help end this awful disease. I am raising funds for the 2018 Chicago Lung Run to increase the odds of surviving lung cancer. Please help me reach my fundraising goal and donate today.
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