On October 7, 2018, I ran my first marathon in my old stomping grounds in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. I thought of my mom a lot during the training process and during the race, hoping to channel her strength during the long miles. I somehow survived and was eager to run my second marathon closer to home in Chicago, with hopefully a faster time, and with a greater purpose.
This is for you, mom.
At the end of September 2014, we received devestating news that my mom had a brain tumor, an aggressive Grade III lesion called anaplastic astrocytoma. In September of 2015, another lesion, a more aggressive Grade IV glioblastoma, showed up on her left frontal and temporal lobe. All in all, mom had two craniotomies (surgeries), radiation, monthly chemo, and countless imaging and lab draws/IVs. Despite everything she endured, mom passed away in February of 2016. Throughout her journey, she kept her faith, kindness, generosity, and grace that defined her beautiful spirit.
Many of you know that I am also a pediatric nurse. I have worked with many children with brain tumors who have touched me deeply. This fundraiser and marathon is not only in memory of my mom, it is also in honor of my peds neuro-oncology patients and their families.
Thank you for your generosity and kindness!
Each day, 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. Money raised through the ABTA will provide critical funding for brain tumor research and for supportive patient care. 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.