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Today it is hard to find someone who hasn’t been affected by cancer. Whether it is a brother, sister, parent, child, aunt, uncle, grandparent, friend, or neighbor, almost everyone knows someone who has battled cancer in some form. For me, it is my younger brother. My brother was diagnosed with cancer when he was 20 years old after he found and a lump on his shoulder. The lump turned out to be Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Instead of returning to college for his junior year, he started a two year battle with cancer by enrolling in chemotherapy treatments from September to January. In March, we were hopeful that the chemotherapy had worked and the doctors thought he was cancer free. A body scan revealed that the cancer had come back from its initial retreat and my brother spent the following summer sequestered in hospital quarantine while he recovered from a stem-cell transplant and a more serious round of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. My brother survived his war with cancer and has been cancer free for two years. While my brother’s story is one of a strong battle and survival, not everyone is as fortunate as him.
This year I’ll be volunteering as a swim angel at the Against the Tide event on June 21st at the Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, MA to benefit the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC). I will also start a team for triathletes, the “Tri Sharks Aquathon Team for Breast Cancer Prevention”. The MBCC has made it their mission to eradicate breast cancer through prevention by trying to find the causes of breast cancer. Although it is a small effort compared to the people of MBCC, I’ll do my part to help in the fight against cancer by providing swim support at the Against the Tide event. I hope that you’ll join me and my team in honoring and supporting the brave people that have fought and are currently fighting in the battle against cancer by participating in the event.