Money + Research = Life
“My name is Keith, I was diagnosed when I was five years old with acute lymphatic leukemia. At that time not a lot was known about the disease and it did not have a very successful cure rate. Luckily, our family physician, Dr. Rosenbloom had been in the navy with a doctor who knew of a new treatment for cancer called chemotherapy. When my parents had the diagnosis confirmed, they were told I had two weeks to two months at best. Next to Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts was a small nondescript building where I began my treatment. When I began my treatment, I was one of six children who started on the program, four including me, made it through the first six months. Sadly, in the end, I was the only survivor of the group.
After an initial hospital stay, I began going to the center every day or every other day for a month, then two or three times a week for short treatments. Treatment is much different now, of course. As things progressed it went from every day to three times a week to four times a month. During the course of treatment new drugs were developed and it seemed just in time. I responded well to them and went into remission. After 5 years in remission it was a huge victory for everyone that I was cancer free. I have never had a reoccurrence since.
The little brick building with no name on it has now become the Dana Farber Cancer Center and my family still remembers the day I saw a sign that said Cancer Center and asked if I had cancer. My parents said yes and I said, “It will be okay, I’m in good hands here.” I had the trust and faith of a small child and the doctors and nurses were and still the best people I have ever met. Their kindness and understanding is incomparable and so is their dedication to saving lives. My family and I were always treated with compassion and no matter how many questions we asked, they took the time to answer us in the detail we so desperately needed.
To this day, my family still gives to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Their research is why so many people have so much hope for survival and quality of life. It takes money for research to find a way to make treatment more and more effective and less painful and expensive.
Please give to the cause. We all know someone that has been affected by cancer. Help save their life and the lives of others. I still to this day remember the other children in the hospital with me. They were my friends for a short time, but I will never forget them. Any contribution is helpful. Life is very short, let’s help extend it.”