Just months before, the couple had celebrated the birth of healthy twin boys, Eric and Kevin, at their home in Washington, D.C.
But in the fall of 2011, Garry Meus, 37 at the time, and his wife, Jennifer, 32, packed their bags for Boston, uprooting and moving in the hope that specialists at the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute could save Jennifer from an advanced form of breast cancer.
Over the years, her condition worsened and the side effects of chemotherapy, mastectomies, and radiation took a toll.
In February, Garry promised to ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge, the annual cycling fund-raiser for cancer research at Dana-Farber. Jennifer promised to support him and cheer him on from the sidelines, alongside their two boys.
But she died in May, a day after Mother’s Day. They had decided to stop Jennifer’s treatment so she could spend her last weeks without the pain it caused.
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