Mary Ly, in her own words: “I will never forget that dark day of December 2012 when the doctor told my husband and I that our son has cancer. A cancer known as Hodgkin Lymphoma. There are no words to describe how I felt at that moment when I heard the news, but I knew I had to put up a strong face and help him get through this. We spent Christmas and New Years in the hospital with our son to do more tests. By mid January his first chemo began. In April his CT scan showed that he was progressed very well. I took a deep breath and thought to myself by the end of this summer we can put this nightmare behind us, and go on with our normal life. A normal life… I don’t know if I am ever going to see that in my future. In June I was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer known as “Myelofibrosis”. After the doctor explain the situation to me. I walk out from the doctor’s office in tears, I kept on walking and my first thought was wishing I would disappear. At that moment my mind wondered how I am going to break the news to my family, especially our son who is in the process of having a hard time keeping up with his own chemo treatments. I thought to myself. I have to be there and be strong for my son. Our family’s challenge is to face and fight this disease together and hope my other half is out there somewhere.
Register and help Mary to gain her life back. Mary and her family have appealed to the public for their generous help and have inspired many to join the cause. In October of 2013, they participated in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in support of OtherHalf to raise awareness in one of the biggest marathon events in Toronto. To read about Mary’s efforts and thoughts, please click here: “Running for her Life”
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