It has now been over 18 months since Donny's tumor resection and what better way to celebrate than to start our fundraiser for our 2nd BT5k, which will take place in the Spring, April 22, 2018! This time since we are starting earlier we are hoping to raise more than last year, which was pretty incredible we raised $5,620 in less than two weeks.
For those that do not know Donny's story, here are the cliff notes:
The week before Labor Day of 2016 Donny was experiencing mood and personality changes very uncharacteristic of him. He went to the emergency room twice in three days, on his second visit they finally decided to do a CT scan, where they found what they thought was a benign cystic mass on his right frontal lobe. He decided to get a second and actually a third opinion for safe measures. Thankfully he did! On September 6, 2016, his second and third opion agreed, Donny was diagnosed with a brian tumor after being initially misdiagnosed. We later found out his brain tumor was a Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma. He quickly had surgery a week later to remove his tumor. His surgery was successful in the fact they got all of the tumor they could see out. On Oct 17 Donny started his first round of chemotherapy and started his 33 treatments of radiation. Donny had minimal side effects from his treatments - the most noticeable was the bitching hairstyle he rocked for over 3 months. He finished his chemotherapy and radiation treatment on Dec 1, 2016. After that, he was able to have the rest of 2016 off of treatment and enjoy the holidays with family and friend.
At the start of the new year Donny began his second phase of treatment, 12 cycles of chemotherapy for 2017. In June of 2017 Donny was able to complete 6 cycles of chemotherapy when his neuro-oncologist informed him he was finished with chemotherapy for the rest of the year. Donny started to go for an MRI every two months to check for any growth of the microscopic tumor cells they were unable to get from his surgery. As of December 18, 2017 Donny now goes every four months for his MRI scans.
As of today every MRI has come back clean and no regrowth is present, which is the best news anyone can get each visit. Unlike other cancers, brain cancer is never considered in remission so it is a continuous fight from the moment you are diagnosed. Every MRI is just as nerveracking as the first... just to hopefully find out there is no new abonormality or regrowth. Donny continues to go to his cancer support group once a month to help himself and others by answering quetions for patients and family members who are just starting to go through what he did. We consider ourselves lucky that so far it seems that Donny was dealt with the best case of a worst case scenario situation.
Which is why we feel it is important to give back and help, so please help us and donate to a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. Donny may be doing well, but just like most brain tumors we have no idea how this happened or what causes most brain tumors. Your money will not only go to research, but go towards supporting brain tumor patients and their families as well. We feel that this is the least we can do to give back. Especially after all the love and support we recieved from the moment Donny was diagnosed. Everyone is welcome to join Donny and I, we certainly won't be doing any running, but feel free to come walk with us! Last year had 18 of our family and friends walk with us (some even ran) and it was a great event and beautiful day! So we definitely welcome and enjoy the company in addition to any donations.
Thank you all for taking to the time to read about Donny's story and support our cause.
Donny + Julz
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.
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.