It's been almost 3 years since I lost my biggest running supporter to a brain tumor. Specifically, it was a glioblastoma, which, while being the most common primary brain tumor in adults, still only has an 11-15 month median survival rate. Researchers have a long way to go in understanding brain tumors - studies of environmental and genetic factors contributing to glioblastomas have so far been inconclusive or negative.
It was too hard to do much to support the brain tumor community after losing my dad. Even getting back into activities that I used to connect with him over has been a challenge. I signed up for this race last year, and struggled to train for it. Grief hits hard. I cried before the race even started last year. I know this isn't what my dad would want for me in an activity that used to bring me so much joy, so I'm trying again this year, and asking for your support.
There are a few ways you can help... you're currently on my fundraising page, so if you would like to make a donation, you can click on the “Donate Now” button to the right (it is tax-deductible).
If you're comfortable with lots of tears and would like to run or walk this race with me, I would appreciate the support. You can sign up here: http://hope.abta.org/site/TR/BT5K/BT5K?pg=entry&fr_id=3920.
And, if you still have your dad, I ask that you give him a call today.
Money raised by the BT5K will go to the American Brain Tumor Association to support brain tumor patients and their families, but it also supports the research that is necessary to improve, extend, and ultimately save lives.