Each day 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. This is why I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walk. Each year, the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walk provides critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care.
On a hot summer evening in June 2000, my Mom, Candace Neutzling, had her first seizure while cooking dinner. After a craniotomy and biopsy, our family was told that she had an anaplastic astrocytoma and would need to undergo high dose radiation and chemotherapy for even a chance at watching her children (10, 8, and 3) grow. Over the next 12 years, she showed incredible strength, patience, and determination. She continued having seizures, but found a way to laugh her way through them (and I mean that literally). In 2010, she faced recurrence and, once again, had to have surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. She was gentle, soft-spoken, and stubborn (as evidenced by her demands to walk up the stairs to help me get ready for my wedding, just a month before her passing). On July 3rd, 2012 we said good-bye to Mom. We said good-bye to her gap-toothed smile, her contagious laugh, and her physical presence in our lives. On that same day, we welcomed bittersweet memories and the most perfect guardian angel. Thank you for reading my story, for joining my team in honor of my Mom, for donating to a cause that means more to me than I can find words for.
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.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.
Click on the Make a Donation! or the Support button by my Fundraising Meter to donate safely and securely online. If you prefer to mail your donation, download the donation sheet under the donor info tab. 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.