This was my 10th BC4C and once again came at the right time. Just before the new year rang in we lost my cousin Jennifer Rakov to cancer. Earlier in the year my wife and I lost a very close friend, Sam Closkey to pancreatic cancer.
The cruise was able to achieve it's goal to raise funds for a special piece of equipment which will help those at The James diagnose cancer cells better. Because of the research and treatments people receive now - There were 400 cancer survivors who were on the cruise!!!!!
To all of the Buckeyes who coordinated events year round and whose proceeds allowed us to raise $2.5 million - words from this one Buckeye cannot express the thanks I have for each and everyone of you. We are a huge family who have united to beat cancer. It makes me proud each and every day to say I am a Buckeye!!!
Buckeye Nation can stand as one and raise their heads high as we help defeat cancer one cell at a time, to achieve new medications and treatments which are at the forefront of helping those we love live longer and survive year after year.
Thank you all very much!!!!!!
In memory of:
Charles A. Baker, Sr. (Dad), Ann O'Reilley Baker (Mom), Mary Katherine Feeney (Cousin), Diane Boyd (Wife's Best Friend) Sam Closkey (Friend) and Jennifer Rakov (Cousin) I think of you all each day and miss you with all of my heart - You are the reason for my being on every BC4C for the past 10 years and I will continue to be a part of the fight for as long as it takes!!!!