Jim's Walking Warriors
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When Jim received his initial appendix cancer diagnosis in April 2016, our family felt positive. Surely, a quick surgery to remove his appendix would take care of the problem and he'd be back to 100%. The reality however was quite different- a grueling 10 hour surgery in which Jim's abdomen was meticulously searched for tiny growths of cancer, the removal of his appendix, gall bladder, and large sections of his colon, and eventually a hot bath of chemotherapy applied directly to his midsection. While Jim's cancer is very rare and can be aggressive- he has recovered amazingly well and is living his fullest life as a husband, father and doting grandfather. He is back to hiking and just finished a sprint triathlon. As his family we are abundantly grateful for the amazing care he received at the hands of his surgeon, Dr. Gushchin and the rest of the staff at Mercy. We are incredibly blessed that this team of doctors, who are truly the best in the world at treating this type of cancer, work here in Baltimore. Please show your support for Jim Gibbs, our awesome cancer slayer by joining us on Sunday, September 17, to participate in the 8th Annual “Heat It To Beat It” Walk. This is our second year walking as a group of family and friends. If you are unable to join the walk, you can still be a part of it by making a donation on the Team fundraising page!
This walk was launched eight years ago to raise awareness and funds for research for a unique surgery and treatment of a rare form of cancer. Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy ( HIPEC) is a highly effective, concentrated, heated chemotherapy that is delivered directly to cancer cells in the abdomen – this cancer is known as peritoneal carcinomatosis ( PC). The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy is one of only a handful of medical institutions in the country that offer this treatment and is dedicating extensive research to the use of HIPEC in the fight against this rare form of cancer of the abdomen and organs within the abdominal cavity as well as treating ovarian cancer.
“Heat It To Beat It” refers to the use of the heated chemotherapy, which we’ve all learned is essential in beating this type of cancer! The walk is our vehicle to raise awareness and the necessary funds to continue the research that brings us this life saving treatment.
We hope you will consider supporting us and this important cause by joining the team, registering to participate or making a donation!
Your support is appreciated!