Friends and Family!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my page! My name is Madi Baublis and I am crazy enough to be running my third half marathon, the Raleigh Rock and Roll Half on April 8, 2018. This time around I am raising money for the American Brain Tumor Association in honor of my brother. Here is a little bit about my story and why I run.
Over the Christmas holiday in 2015, my brother Oliver was skiing in Italy with family friends (I know we were all jealous too). On New Years Eve I got a phone call from my mother who proceeded to explain that he had had a seizure and was currently in the hospital undergoing all kinds of brain scans to figure out the cause. The scans showed a large tumor growing in his left frontal lobe. When he returned to Boston about five days later, we already had appointments made with a neurosurgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He explained that the tumor had been growing for some time, and could be removed, but with a twist. Oliver would remain “awake” for the surgery as the tumor was pressing on his speech area and questions would need to be asked intraoperatively; he experienced some aphasia, or difficulty with word finding and expression, post-operatively but that was to be expected.
Over the next six months he went about his life as a normal college student, with the addition of anti-seizure medications. In July 2016, his MRI showed another tumor growing in the same area as the previous. After a weekend away for the holiday, Oliver had another seizure in his home where a roommate found him and called 911. This tumor was removed without any problems, he was able to be fully under anesthesia; however it was categorized as a Stage IV Glioblastoma where the previous had been Stage II. A month went by and he began six weeks of radiation followed by the start of immunotherapy treatments.
Oliver had been doing great on immunotherapy. He was absolutely crushing life with cancer; maintaining stellar grades in his Mechanical Engineering program at Northeastern University while also managing his doctor and infusion appointments. His hair had also grown back, one of his proudest accomplishments. In November 2017 he went in for another routine MRI, and there was another tumor found in the same general area as the last two but had moved more centrally. The week before Thanksgiving Oliver was given two options, biopsy the tumor to find the perfect treatment and remain the same post-op, or remove the tumor with the risk of permanent neurological damage. The obvious choice was to biopsy and three hours later he was out of his third brain surgery.
On December 5, 2017 Oliver had another seizure at home. His roommates found him unconscious, called 911 and he was brought to BWH where it was later found he was unable to move his right side at all. He would remain in the hospital for a little over a week before going to rehab to relearn how to stand, walk, and use his right arm and hand. Thankfully he’s left handed! Oliver was released from rehab on December 22 after starting his first dose of chemotherapy and I was lucky enough to be home for Christmas.
He is now continuing chemotherapy and outpatient physical and occupational therapies. He is a senior at Northeastern University and is slated to graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Oliver continues to be my inspiration to never give up and to continue to persevere even through the hardest of times.
I am running this half marathon for Oliver and for the 500 people who are diagnosed every day with a brain tumor. Your donation will support the American Brain Tumor Association’s Team Breakthrough Endurance program. This program provides critical funding for brain tumor research to improve, extend and ultimately save the lives of patients like Oliver. It also supports improved quality of life for brain tumor patients and assistance for their families. Thank you so much for your time and your donation!
Thank you in advance for your support of my efforts on behalf of brain tumor patients, their families, and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.
Please click "Donate Now" to donate safely and securely. 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.