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Joseph Hennessey

Team Name:  Team Rockstar - Bethesda
Years Participated: First Year

Location:   Bethesda, MD:

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There are lots of heroic people in our lives. My mother Christina Doolan Hennessey was a hero who battled metastatic breast cancer at too young an age. She was surrounded by a loving community of heroic doctors and nurses who applied every art of medicine and science they knew to save her life. Tragically, their heroic efforts fell short and my mother died at the age of 50.

My father Joseph Fredrick Hennessey was a hero who battled oral and esophageal cancer for a decade, stoically suffering countless surgeries and radiation treatments as heroic doctors who not only cared for him, but loved him, tried tirelessly to eradicate the cancer that ultimately ended his life at the age of 73.

Sometimes, you never know the identities of the heroes that make the critical life-saving difference. Because of the dedication of heroic researchers who I have never met, heroic anonymous cancer patients willing to participate in risky clinical trials, and heroic hospital administrators who, though their identifies will never be known by me, were willing to undertake ground-breaking treatments, the bone marrow donation I was able to provide to my sister when she was under treatment at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle saved her from a rare form of cancer, myelodysplastic syndrome.

There was a time when those with myelodysplastic syndrome and other rare forms of blood cancer had no treatment options and faced certain death. Yet somewhere, someone, at some time said, “no – we have to try.” My sister is alive because of this modest, humble start. Now, I’m paying it forward. I'm doing my part to raise money for rare cancer research so that someone else’s sister, brother, mother, or father will survive the cancer that threatens them. Will you join me by making a donation?

Your gift of $10, $25, or more will directly help people who have few, if any, treatment options. Through Cycle for Survival, progress is accelerating. Cycle for Survival arms scientists with the resources to explore pioneering ideas, discover new therapies, and collaborate to find the next breakthrough.
Why this matters to me:

50% of People with Cancer Have a Rare Cancer
When combined, about half of all patients fighting cancer are fighting a rare cancer. These are cancers we know — such as leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovarian, brain, pancreatic, and all pediatric cancers — yet research is largely underfunded.

100% Goes to Lifesaving Research Led by MSK
Every dollar you give will advance innovative studies and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Discoveries made by MSK revolutionize how cancer is diagnosed and treated, helping patients across the country and around the world.

6 Months for Fast Impact
Not only does every dollar go to research, your gift will be in the hands of doctors and researchers within six months of the events. As a donor, you will learn about the projects supported and the breakthroughs made.
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