I am running my first marathon in Chicago with the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) TEAM BREAKTHROUGH program on October 7, 2018. My husband, David, and I are working together towards a mission that is close to our hearts for many reasons. I chose to participate with ABTA to show the inspiration I have felt from the individuals in my life who are affected by brain tumors.
David’s mother, JoAnne Dalton, passed away at the young age of 44, only a few months after being diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. JoAnne always brought a positive energy and a sense of unwavering tenacity to everything she did. Even though she was unable to overcome cancer, it was clear that she was going to fight as hard as she could right until the end. Every day, I am inspired by the way David and his father, Michael, remember JoAnne as a person that never gave up no matter the circumstances. With every step I take during the 26.2 miles, I hope to honor JoAnne’s grit and determination by helping cancer patients and their families persevere through their daily struggles and to never give up during their fight to beat their diagnosis.
On October 7, I am running alongside a team of individuals led by a special person in our lives, Joseph Fulginiti. Joe was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November of last year. Since then, he has endured countless rounds of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments. Joe has truly redefined the word "strength" by pushing through each experience with perseverance, always coupled with a pun-ny (and funny) joke; putting smiles on all of our faces. The time and effort that Joe has invested to become the top fundraiser and inspirational leader for ABTA’s Team Breakthrough, while also completing rounds of chemotherapy treatments, is a true testament to his character.
We are honored to support Joe throughout his battle and cannot thank you enough for all of your support and donations toward our mission to help patients persevere no matter where their journey takes them.
(For more information about Joe, visit his personal page JosephFulginiti)
The money raised by ABTA will provide critical funding for brain tumor research as well as supportive patient care in efforts to reach the 500 people diagnosed with a brain tumor every single day. Your donation not only supports brain tumor patients and their families, but also supports the breakthrough research to improve, extend, and ultimately save lives.
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Thank you in advance for your support on behalf of individuals with brain tumors, their families, and the researchers pursuing breakthroughs.
Learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org.