In March of 2017 my healthy 62 year old Mom was suddenly diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, the most aggressive brain cancer. Doctors were unable to remove the tumors by surgery and the standard chemo/radiation treatment left her unable to continue with the agressive chemo treatments. I remember feeling so frustrated that there were not alot of options for her because current clinical trials required that you had to have the surgery to qualify. We also tried an immunotherapy that may have prolonged her life, but ultimately the fact is TODAY Glioblastoma is a terminal cancer. Sadly, she passed away at the end of January 2018.
My reason for running the Rock and Roll 1/2 marathon on Team Breakthough is I'd like to see TOMMORROW there be a cure for Glioblastoma Multiforme. I hope to have a different outcome for a mother/daughter duo out there. Hubby Lorenz has joined my team and is helping me make a difference as well!
The American Brain Tumor Organization (ABTA) uses funds raised in these ways:
1. Supports medical and scientific research programs that are searching for new sucessful treatments to cure brain cancer
2. Funds the peer mentor program that I am participating in. Survivors or family mentors have gone through training and are available to be matched with patients or families dealing with a brain cancer diagnosis. They also have a Careline that can share many resources such as caregiver support and a listening ear when needed most during this difficult journey!
Thanks so much for reading and for your support!