First Pitch

BHT1On Sunday, Aug. 4, Chestnut Street resident and cancer survi­vor Karen Lee Sobol threw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Red Sox faced the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park.

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Sox’s support for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the team dedicates the entire month of August each season to pub­lice this extraordinary community bond.

In 2005, Sobol was diagnosed with Waldenstrom’s macro­globulinemia, a blood cancer defined as rare and incurable. She enrolled in a clinical trial and attained the ideal result:  She became and remains cancer-free.

Wanting to share her experience with others, Sobol wrote “Twelve Weeks: An Artist’s Story of Cancer, Healing and Hope.” Sobol added, “My doctor and his research team have identified the genetic mutation at the root of most cases. New drugs are being developed, new clinical trials are being launched, and I believe cure is within reach.”

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