Ten years ago a brain tumor took the life of my father. My grandfather succame to the same type of tumor in 1996.
My dad was diagnosed right after my undergraduate graduation. He said he felt ill while traveling several hours up to see me graduate. He was diagnosed just two days later. The six months flew by but they seemed to also drag on forever as my dad fought the tumor with everything he had. The whole road, from day one to the end, was unbearably difficult for him, but also for his family and friends. Thinking about the pain brain tumors inflict on individuals and their loved ones is what drives me to try to help the ABTA in everyway I can.
The American Brain Tumor Association ("ABTA") is an organization that is near and dear to my heart. Any of you who see me regularly know that I am never without a grey "ABTA.org - Sharing Hope" bracelet around my wrist.
I have gotten more and more involved in the ABTA over the years and agreed to act as Co-Chair for the first ever BT5K in Minnesota, and Chair the second. They have been great succeses! This year I have taken more of a back seat role and plan to just sit back and enjoy the show rather than worry about every little piece.
Basically, this organization and this race mean a lot to me and I hope I can count on your support. You can make a donation to my fundraising campaign here by clicking on the link below.
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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.
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.
Each day, 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. To show my support, I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s BT5K Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk. Money raised by the BT5K will provide critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care.