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Hi,  I am AJ's wife Jenny and we have a 5 year old son named Hunter. This will be our 3rd year walking for AJ. Unfortunetly AJ passed away November 25, 2016.

AJ was diagnosed June of 2015 with an anaplastic astrocytoma grade 3 glioma brain tumor.  Our lives were turned upside down!  He was having allergy symptoms for about 2 months before he started with double vision.  That's when he went to the ER.  From that moment on our lives have not been the same.  

He completed 5 1/2 weeks of radiation and chemo,  He handled it all well with no crazy side effects.  His vision and balance were effected by the tumors.  AJ continued oral chemo at home on and off for 6 months,  Although it made him extremely tired, he handled it pretty well.  Unfortunately he was never able to return to work.  

July of 2016 AJ had the best MRI he ever had,  His tumor had shrunk so much even the doctors were shocked.  Then in August things were going down hill,, AJ was sick more and just not himself.   

Labor day weekend 2016, AJ was admitted to CDH for fluid built up in his brain.  After more testing we received devastating news that his tumor had spread throughout his brain and into his spine.  At this point, his doctor changed his diagnosis to a Glioblastoma grade 4.  

AJ started radiation for the tumors in the spine,  he completed 2 1/2 weeks of radiation.  After that, he was ok for a week, then he was re admitted to CDH and had surgery to install a VP shunt to drain the fluid off his brain.  

Since being home, he has been on Oral chemo and an IV chemo every 2 weeks. Although his MRI's are stable, his symptoms were getting worse.  Unfortunately the oral chemo is no longer an option.  His body was too weak to tolerate it.


AJ started Hospice in November of 2016 and passed away at home 2 weeks later.

Please consider joining our team or if you can't, make a donation to help fund further research to end this horrible cancer!  

Thank You


The more the merrier! I’m inviting all my friends to join my team in support of the nearly 700,000 people currently living with a brain tumor. You can join my team by clicking the join button on the right.

If you can’t make it to the BT5K Dallas on March 4, 2017, please consider making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association in support of the team’s efforts. Click the donate button on the right.

Thank you in advance for your support of our efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families, and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.

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