Fish For A Cure

Doc B's Fishing Team

I decided to get involved with Fish For A Cure in 2011 when my sister in law, Heather, was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. For three years, the Jones/Deppe family graciously donated the use of their boat, Kingfisher, and they have consistently supported our team since the beginning. Three years ago, Kathy was diagnosed with colon cancer and thankfully has done well. But, in April of this year, her father, Tom "kingbone" Jones lost his battle with cancer.

In 2015, Buddy Whetzel joined our team and the use of his boat, Bubblehead. We met by chance in Ocean City and after our first conversation, I knew why our paths were meant to cross. He had 2 sisters battling cancer at the time and both were being treated at AAMC DeCesaris Cancer Institute. In February of 2017, his sister, Darlene, lost her battle to cancer.

I consider our donors part of my team. This past Spring, two amazing women, Judy Stewart and Karen Coale, who have consistently donated to our boat, were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Both of them have been treated at AAMC DeCesaris Cancer Institute.

Over the summer, cancer hit the closest to home for me when my husband, Todd, was diagnosed with colon cancer. Without hesitation, we chose AAMC and the DeCesaris Cancer Institute for his care. Having the ability to get the best possible care in our hometown has been invaluable. We have gone from being fundraisers for this cause to benefactors of what it provides for. Despite my being a physician, we still have questions. Luckily we have a great nurse navigator, Judy, and she is always available. Todd is doing well after 5 rounds of chemo. He has seven more to go and we feel lucky to have AAMC as our homeotwn hospital and cancer Institute.

All donations are greatly appreciated. We are hoping to finally reach our fundraising goal of $10,000 this year.  I can tell you from personal experience, this fundraiser supports the most important programs for cancer patients, the survivorship programs.

Thank you,

Mariam Bahrami

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