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Grateful family of cancer survivor raises awareness of Cancer Walk

On Feb. 10, 2014, Donna Lefebvre received news that no parent wants to hear: Her 19-year-old daughter, Danielle, had cancer. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and referred to the UMass Medicine Cancer Center of Excellence for care and treatment. Today Danielle is in remission.

Donna shared their story at the recent kickoff breakfast for the 2015 UMass Medicine Cancer Walk.

“We went into our first appointment scared, anxious, unsure of our future and left there feeling confident in Danielle’s treatment. And we knew this was a battle that could be won,” said Donna. 

Motivated by the kindness and care they received, the Lefebvre family is helping to raise awareness of the 17th annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk.

“You can help us raise money to support the innovative research, clinical trials and compassionate treatment at the UMass Medicine Cancer Center. Help us pick up the pace in the fight against cancer,” said Donna.

More than 12,000 community members are expected to turn out for the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk and 5K Run, on Sunday, Sept. 27, to show their support, and raise critical funds to fight cancer. This year’s event will kick off on the UMass Medical School Campus Green with a 5K run at 8 a.m. The Cancer Walk will begin at 10 a.m.

For more information about the walk, call 508-856-2589, email, or visit the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk website.

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