Welcome to Team Big Dave!
Last year I supported a friend of a friend by participating in a Head for the Cure race. It was fun to run with friends and help out at the same time!
This year, I decided to host my own Head for the Cure team, well, sort of! At 5:30pm on Sunday July 26th, I grabbed a chocolate chip cookie from the cabinet. Since it was the last cookie, I opted to hide the evidence (i.e. throwing away the bag). And that's about all I remember, because just then I had a major seizure. I bounced off the wall, the granite countertop, and the hardwood floor, and if you know me you know that probably made a pretty big noise! Family came running in seconds, EMS was there in minutes, and by 7:15pm I had a preliminary diagnosis of a mass on the left side of my brain!
Fast forward a few weeks, and I'm about to have surgery to have as much of the brain tumor removed as possible (update: surgery done, recovering at home!). Depending on the analysis of the tumor, that will probably be followed with radiation or chemotherapy or both. And this is where Head for the Cure fits in. My long term prognosis depends on the research and techniques that are being developed and supported by Head for the Cure. While my tumor is suspected to be low grade, it has a good likelihood of coming back. So research being done now could help me immensely in the years to come!
As such, I'm signed up for Head for the Cure Detroit on October 4, 2020. I'm hoping to be able to walk it, since I'll be just a few weeks out of surgery. Some facts to be aware of:
- Head for the Cure is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for brain cancer research. Each year, over 80,000 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.
- 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.
Please consider joining me or making a donation today to help me reach my goal and to help Head for the Cure defeat brain cancer, step by step! Because of COVID, this is a virtual event this year, which means you still register, make the donation, get the shirt, etc, but do the run on your own to avoid putting yourself or anyone at risk. If you don't have a favorite 5k route, here are a few of my favorites:
- Team Big Dave West Side Route: Leave from the Proud Lake State Rec Area Footpath Trailhead at 3500 N. Wixom Road Commerce Twp. Go to the bridge over the Huron River, by trail it will be at least 3 miles roundtrip!
- Team Big Dave North Side Route: Leave from the Bald Mountain State Rec Area parking lot of 1233 Harmon Road (at Predmore) in Oakland Township. The west trail loop is 3.5 miles, or take Predmore east until it ends and back for about 3 miles.
- Team Big Dave East Side Route: Leave from the main parking lot at Riverbends Park at 5700 22 Mile Rd in Shelby Township. The paved route to Utica is a little over 4 miles and follows the old canal.
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