As many of you know, our friend Tobi Klonecki passed away after a 4-year valiant fight with stage 4 breast cancer at the young age of 42. She left behind her two young sons and her husband – all of whom are very close to our family. After receiving the diagnosis, she became very involved with support groups and research geared to young women diagnosed with metastatic cancer. She attended a number of conferences and remained connected with many of the women that she met while at these educational opportunities. I recall her sharing with me how fortunate she felt to have access to cutting edge information, which translated into potential options for her disease. She wished others had access to the same opportunities.
Following her death, her husband Tom started a foundation called Forward4Tobi in an effort to raise awareness and money for young women diagnosed with this aggressive disease. Forward4Tobi is an organization that raises money in order to help young women have access to a range of otherwise impossible opportunities such as child care (so that these women can receive treatments), money to attend educational annual meetings for breast cancer patients, treatments that are sometimes not covered by insurance companies, as well of a host of other related obstacles to the care of these young women.
In an effort to support this organization, we have recruited people to run the Chicago Marathon in October 2011. I am asking for your help towards this goal. ALL proceeds to go this foundation.
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