Let's raise our voices in HOPE!
On May 29, 2013, just 2 years a 1 day after we said 'I do!', we found out that my husband, Mike Schaaf, had a brain tumor. He'd had headaches for weeks, gone through several rounds of antibiotics and then steroids, and then had fallen several times one night and hit his head. After a night of illness, I took him to the emergency room. I had an anatomy scan scheduled for our unborn first baby across the street - as I arose to go, planning to return as soon as it was over, the PA came in to tell us the news. She simply handed me a box of tissues and said, "I'm so sorry. There's a very large growth in his brain. And it's most likely cancerous."
Mike fought with grace, humor, and resilience. We were blessed with 18 really good months, including the birth and growth of our sweet son, and 11 really hard ones after his tumor recurred in the brain stem. On April 8, 2016, his body succumbed to the cancer - GBM (glioblastoma multiforme) - mostly because there weren't really many good treatment options. Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation helped us through many of those months, and it's an honor to run and fundraise for their efforts to provide researchers with direly needed funds to advance treatment options for brain tumor patients. WON'T YOU JOIN ME?!
I'll be running the race with my husband, my son, and my 2 bonus kids. How blessed am I?! We'll be running to honor the memory of Mike, as well as Anna (namesake of Team Denfeyer), Dave Schunk (my bonus mom's husband), Bob Blacker (family member), Susan Metzloff (family friend who drove me to school for years), David Waldron (husband to a sweet lady down in South GA - friend of friends), and the others just in my own circle of have suffered from brain tumors (GBM specifically). I'll also be supporting the incredible Will Pridgen who is courageously navigating the waters of a GBM diagnosis. He's an inspiration and I'm lucky to know him.
The race will be held on Saturday, September 21st at at Atlantic Station - near downtown Atlanta. GA. It's a 5K run/walk, 1K fun-run/walk and a fundraising event that raises money to support brain tumor research. If you've not participated before, there's no time like the present.
Don't worry if you're not a runner - many of the registrants are not runners. Instead, you'll find that many of the registrants are brain tumor patients who are just happy to be alive and happy to be able to participate in this event!
Just so you know, the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation is recognized as as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization and as a public charity. Donations to the SBTF in support of my fundraising efforts are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
PLEASE KNOW that your participation will have a positive impact on the life of a brain tumor patient because it will help to fund much needed brain tumor research. Sadly, many of us don't realize how scarry a brain tumor diagnosis is until someone we know is told "you have a brain tumor" or "you have brain cancer".
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my request for support. I appreciate it.