On November 10, 2010 I lost my father to colon cancer. There is nothing I could have done to prepare me for such a moment and it has been undeniably the most challenging thing to overcome in my life thus far. My father was an immigrant from Kisumu, Kenya who was fortunate enough to come to the United States for higher education and was able to practice as a Psychiatrist in Washington, D.C for over 20 years.
My father is my hero. He was also my close friend and one of the most altruistic people I have ever encountered. Now as I matriculate through medical school at Duke University I have thoroughly learned about oncology and encountered patients who have also been affected by cancer. My own personal experience with my father and colon cancer has instilled within me a drive to support all endeavors to combat this disease.
This year I will be participating in Duke’s annual 5K entitled CRUSH Colorectal Walk/Run. In memory of my father, I will be organizing a team in this year’s race and we will be called “Team Daktari”. Daktari is Swahili for medical doctor and ever since I was child this was name that he was referred to by his close friends. I ask that you consider joining the team by walking, running, or making a donation. All of the proceeds will go towards colorectal research here at Duke University. Thank you for your support in advance!