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2018 BT5K Chicago

Bubba Beat The Blome





Welcome to the "Bubba Beat The Blome" team page!

My brave husband, Mark Valerugo (a.k.a. "Bubba"), fought courageously for 19 months against an inoperable grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma in the left temporal lobe of his brain. Due to the location of his tumor, he experienced increasing difficulty with expressive aphasia, and one day early in his treatment he coined the term "Blome" for his brain tumor. Hence, the name of our team (and our mantra throughout his whole journey) is "Bubba Beat The Blome". For Mark, and for the 500 people each year who are diagnosed with a brain tumor, our daughters and I will be participating in the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walk in Chicago, IL on April 22, inspiring and fun event benefitting the American Brain Tumor Association.

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

If you can’t make it on the event day, please consider making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association to credit one of our team members. Click the name of the member you would like to donate to and then the Make a Donation! link or the Support button by my Fundraising Meter for a fast, secure donation.

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

Love, Vicky, Kelly, and Lisa Valerugo


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