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2021 VIRTUAL Warrior Walk: Celebrating Life Beyond Cancer

Bohannon/Barnes Legacy

Statistically speaking, every single one of us will be touched by cancer at some point in our lives. Most likely, we will experience it several times even if we aren't personally diagnosed as well. This team is in memory of two Webster teachers who are no longer here with us: Christine Bohannon and Chris Barnes. They are deeply missed by all who knew them.  Christine passed away in June of 2017 and Chris in August of 2018. If you would like to walk in memory of them or honor anyone else in your life who has been impacted by cancer, please sign up to walk whenever and wherever you would like sometime between Sept 10 and 12. If you are unable to walk and would like to donate, please do! If you can do both, even better! Share this link and help the team get as many donations as possible. Thank you so much!

This is the fourth year the Bohannon/Barnes Legacy will be participating in this walk.  Chris and Christine's memories are one reason, but so many others have faced the diagnosis or passed since we started in 2018.  There is still so much to do!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1,633,390 new cases of cancer were reported and 595,919 people died in the U.S. (this includes D.C. and Puerto Rico) in 2015. The most recent data (2018) says that there were 1,708,921 new cases with 599,265 deaths.

Cancer is still the second leading cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease.

One of every four deaths in the U.S. is due to cancer.

The overall five-year relative survival percentage for U.S. patients with invasive cancers is 66.2%. a slight improvement of 65.6% in 2015. It estimates the percentage of patients who will not have died from their cancer five years after diagnosis. To give some perspective, the five-year relative survival percentage of patients with pancreatic cancer is now 11.7 %, up from 8.5% in 2015. Still totally UNACCEPTABLE.

This event is a key fundraiser for Wilmot Cancer Institute. Proceeds support the Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program and cancer research efforts at WCI. Show your support by joining me (virtually) for the Wilmot Warrior Walk or giving a donation today! My goal is to raise a ton of money for research so we no longer have to accept cancer as a normal and frequent part of our lives. The FDA has recently approved a new drug, Lumakras, as a treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. It can also help with pancreatic and colorectal tumors. Strides are also being made with biologics and antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). These will allow doctors to more accurately and effectively deliver treatment to specific cancer cells. Researchers are making huge strides and they need our help!! This is where we come in. Please help. Christine and Chris were too young! No more!

If you would like to walk in support of a particular person in your life, feel free to wear a shirt and/or ribbon indicating the cancer associated with the individual(s) you plan to honor. If you are are not sure of the color, feel free to contact me and I will do my best to find out for you. Here are some for reference:

Christine Bohannon (lymphoma)-lime green

Chris Barnes (colorectal cancer)-dark blue

breast cancer- pink

pancreatic cancer/leiomysosarcoma-purple

lung cancer-white

brain cancer-grey

testicular cancer-orchid

leukemia/kidney cancer-orange

multiple myeloma-burgundy

head and neck cancer-burgundy and cream

uterine and endometrial cancer-peach

appendix cancer-amber

childhood cancer-gold

bone cancer-yellow

gallbladder cancer-Kelly green

liver cancer-emerald

ovarian cancer-teal

cervical cancer-white and teal

thyroid cancer-blue, teal, and pink

prostate cancer-light blue

esophageal/stomach cancer-periwinkle

bladder cancer-blue, purple, and marigold

Hodgkin's lymphoma-violet

melanoma-black

carcinoid cancer-zebra

all cancers-lavender

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