Hi everyone, I am a 16 year brain tumor survivor and over the last 36 months I had 2 brain surgeries, 26 months of chemo, and recently started a clinical trial, this is also my 4th year running the Chicago Marathon for Team Breakthrough.
Currently there are only 4 FDA approved drugs for brain cancer, and I have taken 3 them. The 4th is my last resort, which we are saving until my brain tumor grade advances. Though I have been fortunate enough to continue working full time, train for/run marathons, and travel with my wife, it pains me to know that resources are limited, and there is not yet a cure, no day goes by where I do not think about my tumor. While training this year, I am participating in a clinical trial to hopefully retard the tumor growth and extend progression free survival, I will do whatever it takes contribute to clinical research and making advances in the medical community in hopes of finding a cure for this horrible disease.
This year I am running for family and friends, and certainly would not be where I am today without the wonderful staff at Sloan Kettering; but this is a special year… I am running with my wife Sherlyn! It is her first marathon she has always been, and continues to be, my biggest supporter. This is her first big race, and I am looking forward to seeing her cross the finish line with me - as long as she does not cross it before me.
I have been on this journey for quite some time and running has been a great friend. Sherlyn and I are looking forward to hitting the streets of Chicago together on October 7, 2018 and hope you will support us in our cause! With each step, we will both be conquering our own personal challenges of living with brain cancer. We also hope to inspire other patients and caregivers to take one step at a time, and to enjoy the moments. It is about celebrating the here and now, setting short-term goals, and living life to the fullest.
Lastly, we’ll be running for the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA). ABTA has been an instrumental resource and community for us. The educational resources alone, have helped us to be knowledgeable about this disease, treatment options, and medical care. Having the support of ABTA has helped us both live more mindfully and healthfully ensuring we both have the best support and care. Therefore, I’m running again this year for ABTA’s Team Breakthrough; raising money for clinical research and patient education resources. Both are very much needed, and your support means a lot not only to advance education, research and care but to me personally. Each donation motivates me to give it all I got on days where the road seems all up hill.
Please click on the link below to donate $5, $10, $15 or more. No donation is too big or too small. Every dollar counts! All donations are tax deductible. Thank you in advance for your support! It means more than you know. During this journey, my wife and I have made many friends across the globe, who also are affected by brain cancer. It’s my hope that soon, there is a cure, to help all of us!
Robert E. Arnold
16-year Brain Cancer Survivor
“Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger that whatever tried to hurt you.” Unknown