Michelle's Fundraising Page!
I am joining the fight against brain cancer by participating in Head for the Cure Houston on Saturday, October 12th, 2019. Head for the Cure is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for brain cancer research.
I am walking for my father, John "Pete" Klumpyan who was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma at the age of 57 in June of 2016. A day after his diagnoses, Dad underwent surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible (which was very little). He spent a year receiving chemo and radiation in hopes of slowing the tumor's progression.
In 2016, our friends and family participated in Head for the Cure 5k for the first time. Just 4 months after his diagnosis and surgery, Dad not only completed the race, but placed FIRST in his age group. Our team, For Pete's Sake, became the largest fundraising team in the history of the Houston event. We won awards for the largest fundraising team, largest individual fundraiser (Dad) and largest team at the Houston event as we raised over $40,000.
In 2017, Dad once again placed FIRST in his age group. Our team again won awards for the largest fundraising team, largest individual fundraiser (Dad) and largest team at the Houston event as we raised over $50,000.
In 2018, Dad ran the race for the third and final time. Our team, again, won all 3 awards and raised nearly $50,000.
We would like to invite you and your family to join us for the 2019 event as we Head for the Cure for the first time without Dad running beside us. If you cannot join us, please consider making a donation to help me reach my goal and to help Head for the Cure defeat brain cancer, step by step! Your donations and your prayers are very much appreciated by me, my family, and the numerous other people who are searching for a cure.
With Sincerest Gratitude,
Head for the Cure works to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and other supporters, while celebrating their courage, spirit and energy. Every Head for the Cure event marks a day of celebration where those diagnosed with brain cancer are honored and celebrated by their friends and families, those who have lost their battles are remembered, and we are all inspired to carry on the fight.
Funds raised by Head for the Cure support the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative, a network of medical centers with the expertise and the desire to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials investigating new treatments for malignant brain tumors.
Each year, over 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. More than 120 types of brain tumors exist, making effective treatment complicated. Cutting edge research is needed as we continue to make strides in this fight.
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