Each day, 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. My dad is one of those people. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor early in his life and when i was little, had a large chunk of it removed. Although what he has left of it is benign, he has to have it checked a few times a year and take medication to prevent dangerous symptoms the tumor causes. My dad is one of my biggest inspirations in life. He always reminds me that without challenge, there is no achievement. That is why to show my support for him, and others who face the same diagnosis, I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Team Breakthrough Endurance program and completing the great challenge of running the 2018 Chicago Marathon. I started running when i was 14 years old. Running for me is more than an endurance sport or a great way to stay in shape. It's about embracing life's challenges and proving you are stronger than anything that comes your way. When i finish a run and finish it successfully, I know that I have the capability to conquer anything i set my mind to. That is the mindset i want to intstill on those who struggle with personal challenges. Money raised through the program 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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I will also be creating fundraising events over the next 10 months that you can participate in and the money contributed will go directly toward ABTA to fund their research efforts. Information on these events will be announced on Facebook when they are thought up and organized.
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 like my dad, their families, and the researchers pursuing the breakthroughs.