As most of you know, I have run the Chicago Marathon in 2015, 2016 and am planning to run again in 2017, its 40th anniversary! Having gone through my 2nd brain surgery on St. Patricks Day in 2015, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, I ran in 2015 for me, I needed to prove to myself that I could finish, and I needed a goal to help me survive both mentally and physically.
Just two weeks before the 2016 marathon I was told by my neuro-oncologist that the tumor was growing and I would require another craniotomy, but I trained way too hard that summer and asked the doctor if it could wait until after I ran Chicago, she agreed. My 3rd brain surgery was one week after the 2016 marathon, and to be honest, I didn’t think I would run again, I was so worried about my post-surgical functioning - believe it or not, my recovery was quick, and I knew it was due to my endurance, which I gained through running.
I think I began running because of my stubbornness, but I run now becuase I love it. I run before work at 4:30 a.m. because that is when the world is most innocent. When I run, I forget about my tumor and am so content with where I am.
I have to say that I would not be where I am today, so appreciative of life, without the support I received from all of you - my family, my friends, the staff from Memorial Sloan Kettering, and especially my wife. I could never have pushed through the barriers without her unconditional love, consistent understanding and persistent encouragement, not only through my training, but throughout our 12 years together. This has been a battle for both of us and it is through the support from organizations like the ABTA that we’ve enhanced our knowledge, and learned how to fight this battle together.
I am committed to doing as much as I can to support to the ABTA so it can continue its mission 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.
This year I’m asking for your support that will encourage me in my daily journey, but more importantly, it’ll allow me to help achieve my goal and help other warriors and their families. Your donation is tax-deductible. So click on “Donate Now” to help me achieve my fundraising goal of at least $1,000.00. No donation is too small and your support will be greatly appreciated by both Sherlyn and myself. Thank you in advance for supporting me this year; together we can make a difference.
15 year Oligodendroglioma Survivor
"Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit. Which functions independently of logic." Tim Noakes