In April 2015, my dad was diagnosed with glioblastoma and passed away one year later in April 2016. Glioblastoma is a primary high grade brain tumor, which means it can happen to anyone, is malignant and rapidly growing with a short life expectancy. The majority of people who are diagnosed with glio don't show any symptoms until the tumors are large enough to cause them, in my father's case headaches and seizures. Even with my medical background, I was intimidated by all there was to understand about this illness. The ABTA online forums for patients and family members was an invaluable resource to me throughout the year I took care of my father. Not only was I able to have my questions and concerns addressed, but I was able to help others as well based on my own nursing experience.
When my father was younger he was an avid runner, I used to chase him on my bike, or join him running along the Crane's beach. One thing he always regretted not doing was running a marathon, so in honor of him I am running my first (and hopefully not last) marathon. He would be proud to know that by running I am raising money for an organization that helps support others undergoing what he experienced. Thank you for your contribution to this worthy cause!