Each day 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. It seems like every week I hear another story... another friend of a friend, another Facebook post, another news story... another person diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Stage 4 glioblastoma. I will never forget those words from my father's doctor, just after Halloween in 2012. How could someone who lived such a normal, happy, healthy life be living with something so powerful... for God only knew how long? Radiation and steriods seemed to help for a very short time, but ultimately my Dad passed away on February 22, 2013. My Dad had less than four short months from the time he was diagnosed and it was then that I learned how quickly life can be taken from you.
Three months before my father's diagnosis, I attended my now-husbands' father's funeral. He was diagnosed with stage 4 gliblastoma on March 21, 1992. His tumor was the size of a tennis ball and located in the frontal/ motor area of the brain. After treatment, the cancer was gone, by the following January the tumor caused brain damage that resulted in seizures. Every time he had a seizure his motor skills and cognitive skills were diminished. It was a long, steady, downward spiral until he passed in July 2012.
This is why, for the sixth year in a row, I am participating in fundraising (and on the planning committee) for the American Brain Tumor Association’s Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walk.
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.
Thank you in advance for your support of my efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs. Sincerely, Gina