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2019 BT5K Michigan

United Against Tumors

It's that time again to raise awareness & funds for those suffering with Brain Tumors. We have decided again to fundraise for the American Brain Tumor Association whose mission is ”to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.”

i thought i'd start with an update on Kaitlyn. She graduated 6 months early in December with Honors with a double major of Bachelors of Finance & International Business and minor in Spanish at Grand Valley State University. She will be working for Raymond James in June of 2019 in their Equity Research team; but we don’t know which state she’ll be in yet (hopefully soon). In January-March, she will be putting her Spanish to good use by traveling across South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Patagonia-{By the way…. She’ll be camping not glamping}, & Peru). From a health standpoint…. Over last summer, her Seizers started again; so she’s on Meds to help keep them under control. But the good news is there is no Tumor growth based on the MRI results.

As a reminder here's Kaitlyn's story.... Her life changed in January 2011 at age 13 after what we thought was a routine MRI for frequent headaches. Less than 2 hours after returning home from the test, we were told Kaitlyn had a large brain tumor and sent to the ER. A few days later most of the tumor was removed in a 12-hour surgery at Mott Children’s Hospital. She spent the next 6 months recovering from the physical and language impact of the surgery while she also finished the school year. She had regular MRIs and the small tumor fragments were stable until spring 2012. After experiencing double vision, an MRI showed the tumor had started to grow again. She had surgery again in July to try to remove the rest of the tumor, but the amount of scar tissue from the previous surgery prevented the surgeon from getting anywhere near the tumor. A few weeks later, she began her course of 30 radiation treatments over 6 weeks, which left her nauseous, fatigued and weak.

Kaitlyn’s experience has made her a courageous and strong girl. It wasn’t easy for her to decide to make her story public but she knows awareness and research are important in the fight against brain tumors.

Here are the facts: • Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer related death in children under 20. • An estimated 700,000 people are living with brain tumors in the US. • Every day, 500 people will be diagnosed with over 120 different types of brain tumors.

We have decided again to fundraise for the American Brain Tumor Association whose mission is ”to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.” We hope we can convince others to help our fight through contributing to our team (United Against Tumors) & and joining us in Milford, MI on May 11th for the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5k Run-Walk. Remember - we'll also have our Silent Auction (on race day) that our team runs. So if you’re interested in that too- let me know If you can't join us at the race we’d love your support to create a virtual fundraising team or contribute to ours. Thanks….The Berg's

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