On March 28, 2017 our lives changed forever. My little sister's, her fiancé’s, our whole family's lives changed forever. My sister, Katie, had a seizure and we went to the ER for routine testing. I thought they would say you are dehydrated or pregnant! We received a CT scan that showed a tumor on the right side of her brain. Two days later she had a gross total resection craniotomy and sauntered out of Northwestern-Chicago three days post-op. We had a week and a half at home and then 4/11/17 changed our lives again even further. The diagnosis we thought we were awaiting – grade 2 or 3 – was in fact grade IV glioblastoma. We were stunned to say the least.
FAST-FORWARD almost one year. Katie has undergone radiation, chemo, more chemo, lots of chemo… and lots of clear scans over the past 7 months. We have shaved our heads too many times to count, we have gone to Paris, we don't take a day for granted, we have had a few weddings! She and Brogan got married – twice! And she is finished with chemo as of December! She is doing really well and now we are back to raise money to kick cancer in the you-know-what.
Life is short, precious, fragile, fleeting, curve ball-throwing, amazing and hard hard struggles. But we are still having fun - you have to enjoy the ride no matter what. Her mantra over 2017 has been I’M NOT DONE HERE. And thankfully she means what she says.
Now for the support and donations for a cancer we can eliminate. Walk with us on Sunday 4/22/18 to end brain cancer! We are walking and raising funds for Katie Bishop, Brandon Starkoff, Melissa Benham, Jane Pope Cooper, Rachel Kuna, PJ Lukac, Julianna Schafer, Matt Hickle [our late uncle] and so many others. We need this to be a thing of the past.
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.