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2018 BT5K Columbus

Candace's Crusaders

My team will be participating in the BT5K Columbus Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk, an inspiring and fun event benefiting the American Brain Tumor Association.

On a hot summer evening in June 2000, my Mom, Candace Neutzling, experienced her first seizure while cooking dinner. After a craniotomy and biopsy, our family was told that she had an anaplastic astrocytoma… a stage 3 brain cancer diagnosis. We also learned that Mom would need to undergo high dose radiation and chemotherapy for even a small chance at getting to watch my siblings and I grow (we were 10, 8, and 3 at the time). Over the next 12 years, Mom showed incredible strength, patience, and determination. She continued having seizures, but oftentimes found a way to, literally, laugh her way through them. In 2010, Mom, Dad, and I sat in a small office and were told that there was new growth on Mom’s brain. Mom, once again, endured surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy with few complaints. This time, however, we never quite got the upper hand. On July 3rd, 2012, we stood around Mom’s bed at Kobacker House, surrounded by family, and we held her hand as she entered heaven. Though Mom is physically gone, one of her favorite things to say was “you can’t take it with you when you die,” and fortunately for me, Mom left so much of herself behind for me to be able to remember her by.

 

JOIN THE TEAM!
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.

DONATE!
If you can’t make it to the BT5K Columbus on June 2, 2018, 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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