Join me in the race against cancer!
Name: Tamara Odinec
My family and friends,
As some of you know, I ran the NYC Marathon with Fred’s Team in 2005. At the time, I decided to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s athletic fundraising arm because it was one small way I could contribute to the fight against a disease that had impacted the lives of so many people I knew.
Twelve years later, the fight is much more personal for me. Just one year after I completed the NYC Marathon, Ern was diagnosed with advanced stage II testicular cancer. We turned to Sloan Kettering where we received exceptional care and support from the moment we entered the hospital. And after months of extensive treatment, Ern was declared cancer-free.
When we arrived at Sloane, the doctors told us we were lucky – even with Ern’s stage II diagnosis, his cancer was curable and we would still be able to have children. I thought they were crazy – how could we be hopeful when after just getting married, we were in for the fight of our lives?
It turns out that the doctors could not have been more right – we were lucky. Tragically, our incredible friend Jess was diagnosed with a horrific, incurable cancer last summer. Jess also had the support of the amazing Sloane team but it was not enough.
I started training very late for the marathon and I’m battling through a foot injury (I guess that’s what 12 years will do!), but the opportunity to raise money for Sloane’s lifesaving work in cancer research and innovation, and more importantly, to honor Jess’s memory, is a privilege and my motivation.
Thank you so much for your support!