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March 01, 2017
It is impossible to put into words what Team IMPACT truly means to our family. In August 2015 after two brain surgeries in a week, Norah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer. There was no stage number given to us because all we were told was the number of months we had left with our daughter. There was no hope given, there was no possibility of survival, we were merely told the tumor would return within weeks to months and we should enjoy our limited time. We began radiation and chemotherapy not because we were told it would save her, but because it was the "standard of care". Tim and I tried to stay positive and made every day the best, happiest and most memorable day it could be. But we were exhausted and drained and sacred, and sad. A dear friend mentioned Team IMPACT and how happy it made her son during his treatment to be connected with college basketball guys. And from the moment we agreed to match with the Boston College Women’s Lacrosse team Noah and our entire family has gained an incredibly special connection with incredibly special people.
There are many amazing charities that send Norah generous gifts and we have done a Make Wish trip which was a once in a lifetime experience but what Team IMPACT offers is different it is a long term relationship based supportive connection with Norah. The lax girls shower her with love, admiration and ultimately have given her confidence and strength that had been stripped of her. Norah has endured more painful procedures. surgeries, and treatments than anyone can imagine but she knows she has 25 girls that are rooting for her, thinking about her, and playing for her everyday. There are many times when Norah is about to endure a procedure that she is fearful of or anxious about and will begin to tear up and shut down, all Tim and I have to say is, "I can’t wait to tell the BC girls how brave you are" and she will begin to smile, dig deep and she inevitably rises to the occasion. One memory etched is my brain was a post surgery hospital stay and Norah was in a lot of pain but she knew the team was going to the ACC tournament and she wanted to be there. So she got a poster and markers and made an incredible sign, told the nurse we had to leave the next day and then we busted out just in time for the game.
And the truly incredible evolution of this relationship is that Norah, the child who had a tumor intertwined with her motor cortex that resulted in extreme weakness in her left side was determined to join the town lacrosse team in the fall. She walked out there with anxiety because she knew she was not as fast, not as agile, and not as physical fit as the other girls but she stuck with it and played the whole season because she has been redefined by the BC girls and she feels strong and she sees herself as a player and so SHE WILL PLAY! And I say with tears she is now 18 moths post surgery with NO TUMOR RECURRENCE! She has defied all odds and there is no stopping her now!
So I thought last year I would retire my marathon shoes and cheer on the runners and enjoy it rather than endure it. But when I thought about how much Team IMPACT has changed our lives and that raising money for them would allow more children to be affected in the way Norah has been it was a choice that quickly became a given. I will happily run 26.2 miles for the organization that changes the lives of children who have had their lives unfairly changed. It is a small way I can say thank you for the positive effect Team IMPACT has had on my family.
Founded in May of 2011, Team IMPACT matches children with life threatening and chronic illnesses with college athletic teams. The children are drafted onto local teams and are given the social and psychological boost they need to get through their treatments and beyond. On April 17, 2017, the GoTeam will make the journey from Hopkinton to Boylston Street to raise funds to expand the efforts to match more children with collegiate teams across the country.