Each day 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. My husband, Bob, was diagnosed with a brain tumor on October 25, 2013. We sought treatment at The James Cancer Center in Columbus, OH. Our family participated in the 2014 BT5K as a team - Bob's Brain Trust. Just a few weeks prior to that event - on his 62nd birthday, Bob received the news that his glioblastoma multiforme had metastasized to his cervical spine, a rare occurrence with little research or data and very little hope. Bob was proud to participate in the BT5K and our team raised over $1,000 that year. He was weak, but determined to cross the finish line without his wheelchair. With the help of a couple of his nurses and my son-in-law and his father, Bob crossed the finish line with the song "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger" playing in the background and the crowd of people cheering. He was such a fighter, but four days after the event, he went to the hospital and his condition deteriorated rapidly. We moved to Kobacker House Hospice Center on August 4, 2014 and spent a few beautiful days with family and friends. On August 7, surrounded by family, Bob peacefully passed away, leaving behind a wonderful legacy for all of us.
This is why we are participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Columbus 5K Run & Walk at Arch Park. Each year, the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walk helps provide critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care.
We participate as a family in memory of Bob and in honor of his courageous and inspiring battle. He was truly a hero to all of us. We want to have a part in maintaining and strengthening the critical resources that make such a profound difference in the lives of brain tumor patients and their families.
You can support us in our efforts by making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association or by joining our team.
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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.
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Thank you in advance for your support of my efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.