Family and Friends,
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising page. This year I will be running the Chicago marathon for a third time with the American Brain Tumor Association and Team Breakthrough. For those that are unfamiliar, the ABTA's mission is to provide critical funding for brain tumor research and supportive care to patients and families affected by brain cancer. Each day 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor, and the ABTA's goal is to be there for those patients and to help fund research breakthroughs now and in the future.
This year's race will be in support of Mrs. Jean Parks, as well as in honor of all those currently fighting a battle with brain cancer. For those that don't know Jean, she is a member of my home church community at Calvary United Methodist in Harrisburg, PA, and is one of the many people who have helped shape my childhood from an early age. She was diagnosed with Glioblastoma this past May, and after immediate surgery to remove her tumor, began chemotherapy and radiation treatment. That round of treatments is scheduled to finish the week of July 17th, and she without a doubt retains a confident, knowledgeable, and positive outlook towards the future.
After I last spoke with Jean on the phone, I was trying to find the words in my mind to describe her approach to this challenge. A book my roommate had just finished titled "Undaunted Courage" (by Stephen Ambrose) was sitting nearby and it hit me that the title perfectly summed up Jean from what I heard of her story and others like hers. In the book Lewis and Clark’s 1803-06 journey is narrated across an entire continent of uncharted challenges and unknowns. Likewise there are many unknowns in the journey of diagnosing, treating, and defeating cancer that so many people like Jean handle with undaunted courage and an inspiring display of faith.
Lastly, I would like to dedicate this run as well to the original reason for my involvement with the ABTA starting in 2013, which is in memory of my cousin Courtney Pollock Gordon. We remember, as an extended family and collectively as a community, all of those we’ve lost to cancer, and we preserve their memory as we support the mission of the both the ABTA and each individual to defeat cancer.
I invite you to join me in showing support for Jean and all those in the courageous fight with cancer by making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association.
Click on “Donate Now” to donate safely and securely. Your donation not only supports brain tumor patients and their families, but it also supports the breakthrough research to improve, extend and ultimately save lives.
And remember, your donation is tax-deductible! You can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org. Thank you in advance for your support of my efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families, and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.