While we got to watch some really important Boston Red Sox baseball games over the course of the past few days, it's time to take a look at something that is much bigger than a game. August 29th and 30th was the 15th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon, where patients and their families talk about their current battle or the battle they went through previously and shared their success stories because of the great work done at the Jimmy Fund.
This also allows Boston athletes like David Price, Papi, Brock Holt, Torey Krug, and Tom Brady, as well as coaches and personnel from the area, like Brad Stevens and John Farrell, to talk about what the Jimmy Fund means to them and the city as a whole.
Being a former cancer patient at the Jimmy Fund and going in there for my routinely checkups to make sure all is well, I can honestly tell you that the work they do there is fantastic. They really have a way to make you enjoy your experience and your life even in its darkest day.
Whether that be arts and crafts, video games, or the numerous events put on by Lisa Scherber, labeled by NESN's Jack Edwards as the "Vice President of Fun," the Jimmy Fund really helps patients and there families just relax and let them do their jobs and do everything to help each child.
And I can tell you first hand that they make every child their top priority. Every patient is equally as important to them as the other, and they put in a lot of hours to assure that these kids make it out okay.
Thanks to the awesome work from the researchers, doctors, nurse practitioners, etc., I was reunited with an old friend and hospital roommate yesterday. Her name is Gianna Martiniello, and she had ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma), which is a type of blood and bone marrow cancer that affects your white blood cells. She not only went through it once, but she relapsed TWICE. But she just kept fighting and eventually got a bone marrow transplant in 2009.
However, in 2013, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, which is a cancer that affects the cells that forms your bones. But she's been through hell and back and beaten all odds, and is going into her sophomore year of high school.
"It was a tough journey, and if it wasn't for the Jimmy Fund and Children's, I wouldn't be here today," said Gianna of the wonderful people who helped her through her long fought and won battle.
And thanks to all of you who donated, we got to see 9-year-old Abby singing with her sister on NESN, as well as Carlie Gonzalez, who did such a great job singing "God Bless America" that probably sent the lid off the retractable roof at the Rogers' Centre into orbit. I mean, it was THAT good. She's an Ewing's Sarcoma survivor, which is a bone cancer, and had to have her clavicle removed. But she's healthy as well thanks to the Jimmy Fund.
In total, thanks to all who donated, the Telethon raised a grand total of $3,530,236. Thanks to everyone who donated!