My name is Livea, and my family has suffered mightily thanks to the most common adult brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM).
My aunt Alice was diagnosed with GBM following a seizure. She endured two brain surgeries and lost her battle in 1998, aged 53.
Alice's only sister, my Mom Vivian, was also diagnosed with GBM in 2016. She fought a brave and terrible battle until she passed away only 8 months later, aged 66. In the nearly 20 years between their illnesses, there were almost no measurable advances in treating this disease.
My Mom and my aunt were the best of friends. My Mom was bereft every day after the loss of her sister. The were both the most loving, generous, and caring people. Alice never met her grandchildren. My mother will never get to see hers grow up. Losing them both, to a horrific and cruel disease, is an experience from which my family will never entirely recover.
Multiple instances of GBM in the same family are rare. There is still not enough research to indicate whether there is a genetic causation.
It is unacceptable that this disease should continue to be a death sentence with so few first line treatment options.
I am raising money in memory of my Mom and my aunt and their incredible sister bond as Team Sister Strong: Vivian & Alice to fund new breakthrough treatments and continued genetic research to make real, measurable progress in treating and beating this disease.
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.
You can support me in my efforts by making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association.
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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.