Welcome back Team Will Power!
We will be participating in the ABTA's Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5k run/walk for the NINTH time this year. It is hard to believe that it will be the eighth time without our Will. While the cancer took his body, his beautiful spirit remains victorious as he lives in all of us! I know that he would want us to continue raising funds for this wonderful cause in his name. This year we will have a new walker - well maybe he'll be pushed in a stroller - Anthony William Di Lorenzo will be participating in his first of many BT5K's in honor of his Uncle Will, along with big sister Alina (who will no doubt be running!)
For those of you that don't know Will's story, he was a healthy 25 year old who had just gotten his master's degree, started a great new job, had a beautiful girlfriend and had the world at his feet. In January 2010 after experiencing headaches for several weeks, we got the devastating diagnosis of a brain tumor. It was successfully removed, but pathology showed that it was a rare form of cancer. Will underwent the most aggressive radiation and chemotherapy treatments and continued to live his life with the same positive outlook and happiness he always had. He had several months of "normal" life - returning to work, playing golf, hockey, traveling - and marrying the love of his life. Sadly, the cancer returned and he lost his battle on November 8, 2010. He was the most amazing son, brother, husband, cousin, nephew, friend anyone could ask for. He never once questioned "why me", and kept his faith, humor and grace to the end. It is for Will and the thousands of others with stories like his that we walk in this great event.
Each day 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. This is why on Sunday, April 23, 2017 I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walk in Chicago, IL. Each year, the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walk provides critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care.
I am participating and fundraising to maintain and strengthen the critical resources that make such a profound difference in the lives of brain tumor patients and their families.
You can support me in my efforts by making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association.
Click on the Make a Donation! or the Support button by my Fundraising Meter to donate safely and securely online.
Your donation not only supports brain tumor patients and their families but it also supports the breakthrough research to improve, extend and ultimately save lives.
If you prefer to mail your donation, download the donation sheet under the donor info tab.
And remember, your donation is tax-deductible! You can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org. You can visit my personal page at http://hope.abta.org/site/TR/ABTAEvent/Breakthrough-Chicago?px=2197793&pg=personal&fr_id=2610.
As in years past, I am not so confident that the weather will be great, however when compared to a cancer patient who has to endure radiation and chemotherapy, a walk in the cold or rain doesn't seem that bad. If you have participated in some of the prior years, then you know we can face any challenge Mother Nature throws our way!
Thank you in advance for your support of my efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.