Hello Friends and Family,
On October 13th, I will run the Chicago Marathon with my sister Kristen, in honor of our dad who passed away on August 8th, 2018 after a difficult battle with brain cancer. His illness, glioblastoma multiforme, is one of the most aggressive and least treatable forms of brain cancer. As we sat with him through weeks of the initial tests and procedures, we came to understand that not only was the prognosis grim, but that there was very little research being done on this form of cancer. Most funding goes towards the more common forms of cancer (breast, lung); triage, as it were. This compounded our grief with frustration; while treatments might be found, they weren't deemed a priority. One of the primary setbacks is adequate funding specifically earmarked for brain tumor research.
As a runner himself, and a former resident of Chicago (while in graduate school), Kristen and I thought running the Chicago Marathon would be a great way to honor our dad. We decided to run as part of the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) "Team Breakthrough" to raise awareness and to fundraise for brain tumor research.
I'd love your support in whatever form you'd like: a friendly note, a fun memory of my dad you may have, a companion on one of my training runs over the next 15 weeks. If you're able, please consider making a donation towards my $1250 fundraising pledge. Your tax deductible donation supports the ABTA's commitment to funding brain tumor research, and providing support and educational programs for all tumor types and age groups. Kristen and I feel ABTA is the best way to fund the research that will make this illness treatable, and ultimately beatable.