The 2019 Heat It To Beat It walk is a monumental milestone for me! It was 10 years ago that I particiapted in the innagural committee that established this annual fundraiser!
For the second year in a row, I am dedicating the fundraising for HITBI to my husband, Chuck Dann, who died from a massive stroke on June 16, 2018.
Chuck was the most supportive and loving husband I could ever imagine as I underwent HIPEC surgery in November, 2008 and subsequently endured 10 months of chemo. He was always there for me and never, ever made me feel that I wasn't doing my best to get well.
On Sunday, September 22, the 10th Annual “Heat It To Beat It” Walk will take place. Although I won't be walking this year, I hope you will join my virtual team as we continue to raise money for research.
This was the surgery that saved my life. And, your support is making it possible for more doctors to be aware that this surgery exists and the benefits it offers their patients who have been diagnosed with cancer of the peritoneum.
As you know, 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.
I hope you will consider supporting me and this important cause by joining my virtual team and making a donation!
Your support is appreciated!
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