For those of you unfamiliar with the Chicago Marathon (officially the Bank of America Chicago Marathon), you can either enter a lottery for a spot or there are a few ways to gain guaranteed entrance-- including a qualifying time (I'm not even close) and running as a charity partner. Scrolling through a list of approved charities, I saw the American Brain Tumor Association and I immediately emailed the coordinator to see what I needed to do to join the team.
Most of you probably already know (but for those of you who don't) my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2010. Two other men in his family previously had brain tumors (and were affectionately members of the "hole in the head club"), so we were hopeful it wouldn't be anything TOO serious. Shortly before Thanksgiving that year, my dad underwent a biopsy of the tumor. The news came back-- Glioblastoma multiforme, stage 4 brain cancer. Ever the optimist, my dad was set on beating the less than positive prognosis of cancer and focused on the doctor's words, "The good news? Brain cancer doesn't spread."
I'm hopeful that both the memory of my dad and the support of friends and family will help in both training and finishing the Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019!
Thanks for considering supporting my goal :)
Each day, 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. To show my support, I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association's Team Breakthrough Endurance program. 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.
Click on "Donate Now" to donate safely and securely.
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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