These walks hit close to home for a lot of people, especially our family. Over the past year we have lost three incredible people. My grandfather, George Kehoe (81), lost his battle with colo-rectal cancer in December, 2016. Just one day later, my aunt, Lee Ann Kehoe (40), lost her battle with uterine cancer. Fast forward five months, my mom, Susan Szczechowicz was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. Shortly after the initial diagnosis, Susan ended up in the hospital due to complications from a tumor that was also growing on her pituitary glad; originally thought to be a benign mass. After this hospital stay, it became apparent that the tumor growning on her pituitary gland was more than likely a metastisis from the lung cancer; now considered stage 4. Susan opted to undergo chemo and radiation therapy, in hopes to have more time with her family and grandchildren. She was strong through each treatment and although she had more bad days than good, she wanted to fight. After ten rounds of radiation, three rounds of chemotherapy, many hospital stays, and numerous ER visits, Susan had another PET scan to check the progress of her treatments. It was then discovered that her cancer had spread all over her body; bones, liver, kidney, etc. After discussing with her doctors, it was decided that she would make the transition to hospice care to live out her remaining days, weeks, and hopefully months with her family. As many of you know, and those who don't, family meant EVERYTHING to Susan. She was the heart and soul of our family! A daughter, a sister to four, a wife, a mother to four, a nanny to two, but a friend to many. Unfortunately, just a month after that PET scan, Susan (56) passed away at home surrounded by her family; just 5 short months after her original diagnosis. I know that having her family, friends, coworkers, and others join us for this walk would mean the world to her! Thank you, from our family to you, to all who walk with us, make donations, and continue to keep us in their thoughts!
A special remembrance of my grandmother, Sandra Szczechowicz, who passed away from small cell cancer at the age of 57.