Every day, 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. Personally, I have known two incredible people who have lost their lives to brain tumors. Marie Lynch Julius was a dear family friend of mine who passed away in 2013. Whenever I saw her, she was always smiling and socializing with everyone around her. She was a friend and supporter to all. I will never forget when I was performing at the Choral Showcase at my high school, Saint Viator, in 2013. Mrs. Julius was sitting in the front row, happily watching each act. I remember looking out into the crowd and feeling encouraged and comforted by her presence. Her brother, Fran, was also diagnosed with a brain tumor and lost his battle after 30 years. He was a successful lawyer and loving brother and uncle. Despite their terrible illness, they continued to support others and make the most of each moment. Mrs. Julius and Fran positively impacted many people, and I am inspired by their ability to live life to the fullest. In honor of Marie and Fran, I have decided to run in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this coming October. Researchers have not found a cure for brain tumors, and because of this, two wonderful people in my community lost their lives. Please help me raise $1,500 for the American Brain Tumor Association in efforts to find a cure and put an end to brain tumors. Any donation big or small is much appreciated.
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