Each day, 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. My mother, my grandfather, and my second cousin are among those 500. To show my support, I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Team Breakthrough Endurance program. I'm doing this for every family like mine. Money raised will provide critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care.
You can support me in my efforts by making a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association.
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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.
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So, when I was about 17 my mother was unable to work and had cashed in her 401k. It took quite sometime for her to receive social security disability.
I remember being at the "social security/welfare" office building with my mother, sorry i forgot the name of the building on Main St, because she had to apply herself, my sister and I for medicaid. She was unable to work, her divorce was finalized in 2004, so there was another income in the home. My part time job at McDonalds did not offer insurance.
I remember my mother saying to the social worker how embarrassed she was and I cannot remember exactly what she said to the social worker working with us. However the worker said "Its fine, its here for people who need it."
Then I couldn't really comprehend why my mother was so embarrassed. Now 10+ years later, I can better understand. Every time I hear an acquaintance, political figure, or media personality use phrases like "welfare queen", "She's selling her food stamps" "People should be drug tested before they get welfare." I often think, Wow that would have made it much harder for our family to receive help.
The American Brain Tumor Association provides individuals like my mother, research and information on what happens now, now that you have tumor. They also provide connections to support groups. Had we known support groups, then my mother could have had someone to talk to about applying for medical assistance, and her resistance to it because of the stigma that is surrounded with those who receive it.
I'm running the full 26.2 miles in Chicago on October 7th. I'm doing it for every family like mine. If you could donate to me today, I appreciate every dollar raised because the American Brain Tumor Association is an organization I can believe in.
by Kylene Johnson on Fri, Feb 23, 2018 @ 12:56 AM