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Welcome to My Fred's Team Page

Name: Theresa Kilb
Event: United Airlines NYC Half
Date: March 17, 2019


I'm running and raising money with Fred's Team to advance cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). MSK is leading the way in cutting-edge treatments by using its expertise to discover new ways to fight cancer—worldwide.

MSK has truly been a second home to me for the last two and a half years and an institution that has changed my life, as well as the lives of my family members. Most of my friends know that I have a prosthetic eye, but not all know that is the result of a pediatric cancer, Retinoblastoma, with which I was diagnosed at 4 months old. My doctor, the late Robert Ellsworth, was the world renowned expert. My tumor was not discovered until it was far up my optic nerve headed to my brain, hence Dr. Ellsworth chose an enucleation (removal of the eye) over any type of radiation treatment, which was experimental at the time.  Forty-six years later, Dr. Ellsworth's protege, Dr. David Abramson, is the Chief of Ophthalmic Oncology at MSK and has developed what they call ophthalmic artery chemotherapy which can save the patient's eye and vision. That is cutting-edge!!!

In 2007, my father was diagnosed with fourth stage Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare skin cancer. It was a joint effort of doctors from New York Presbyterian and MSK that made this very difficult diagnosis. My dad underwent surgery at Sloan and is a 11 year cancer survivor. The last couple of years have been particularly challenging as he battles chronic cellulitis, but he is receiving amazing care from MSK's Dr. Mini Kamboj, an infectious disease specialist.  He is cancer free!

In June 2016, my big sister Sharon was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of endometrial cancer. For nearly three years, she has battled through an initial surgery, radiation, chemo, a second 10 plus hour surgery, rehab, a third 10 hour surgery, and a fourth 8 hour surgery.  Her MSK team of doctors, including Dr. Dennis Chi, along with New York Cornell Presbyterian's Director of Vascular and Endovascular surgery, Dr. Darren Schneider,  have performed four miraculous and cutting edge surgeries. My sister is cancer free!

Completing a marathon or half marathon is a true challenge for me. I am not an athlete nor an avid runner, but I am fighter! When I think of the hours, days, and months during which my sister truly fought for her life, I know I can and must accomplish this goal. I look forward to your support along the race route and more importantly in helping meet my financial fundraising goal.

 TOO many of us have been touched by this disease, especially the past couple of  years on my Island home. By raising the funds needed, I give doctors and researchers the freedom to do what they do best: fight cancer through innovation. This is my way of making a difference. Please help to make this difference!

Your donation will make important progress in cancer research possible and improve the lives of countless patients and their families. Together, we continue to make great strides against this disease.

Thank you

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