Race for Research
This year it will be 4 years since my mom Mary passed away. She was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme when she was 60 years old, just a few months into her retirement. My dad John, who passed away this year after his own battle with kidney cancer, took care of her, and my brothers and I helped them as much we could.
Glioblastoma is a cruel disease that has an extremely low 5-year survival rate. That means people who are diagnosed with this type of tumor may only live for 1-2 years. The diagnosis often means multiple surgeries, chemo, radiation, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, not to mention many doctor visits and nerve-wracking anxiety awaiting scan results.
An estimated 15,000 people suffer from glioblastoma each year in the U.S. The treatments available are not very effective and cause significant decrease in quality of life. There is some promise with experimental immunotherapy and gene therapies to control tumor growth, but these extend life only by a few months. This disease poses many challenges: it's aggressive, it's unpredictable, and it's so hard on patients, their caregivers, and families.
On Saturday, September 21 (two days after my mom's birthday), I am joining the Southeast Brain Tumor Foundation's Race for Research. I want to honor the memories of my parents and show support for all the patients, caregivers, nurses, therapists, medical teams, and clinical researchers -- those who are working on finding better treatments for this disease and those who are caring for the people suffering from it.
There are a few ways you can support this cause:
#1 - Run (or jog or walk!) the race with me
#2 - Share to spread the word about glioblastoma and the Race for Research
#3 - Donate to help me reach my personal fundraising goal
The race will be held on Saturday, September 21st at at Atlantic Station - near downtown Atlanta. GA. It's a 5K run, 1K fun-run/walk and a fundraising event that raises money to support brain tumor research.
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.
If you're interested in following the latest brain cancer research, this is a good blog: