Everyone has dark days, but for some those come earlier in life than they should. Mine was during the summer of 2008. My father, my mentor, my in-home comedian, got into a car accident that may have actually saved his life.
One late summer night I returned home from work to find my dad lying in bed with bruises, bandages, and hospital bracelets. Surprised and worried, I asked what happened. He had gotten into a bad accident - hit on the driver's side of his car by a UPS truck going 55 mph. At a two way stop at a busy country road, my father was trying to cross the street. After seeing the UPS driver coming towards him with his turn signal on he decided to creep out to cross. After realizing that the truck was not turning and instead coming at him full speed, he threw on the gas. Miraculously, it had given him enough time to avoid a head-on collision with the truck.
He came to with a woman hovering over him. She had witnessed the accident and came to help. She was in fact a nurse and called an ambulance. After arriving at the hospital and enduring many tests, by the Grace of God, my dad was alive and survived the crash without one broken bone. The doctors decided to do a brain scan to rule out any brain damage. The results came back. No damage was done by the accident, but they found a brain tumor.
When my dad told me this, I thought the worst. I thought that I was going to lose him forever. However, with the support of friends and family, prayers, and doctors, it has been 7 years and Bob LaMay is still around to crack bad jokes and show off his card tricks. The tumor is benign, so thankfully my dad came out of a major accident with only bruises. I can only think that it happened for a reason. We would have never known about the tumor if it were not for that accident. I am so thankful for his life and that we are still able to continue making memories as a family.
I am running this race to help raise money for those who are not as fortunate as our family. A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated. I could not be more excited to run for this great cause.
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.
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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.