Welcome to team BigAmazingDave!
As if 2020 wasn't bad enough for all of us with quarantining and for some with COVID personally or in their families, I had a major seizure in late July and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
In September, I spent 12.5 hours in brain surgery (4 of them awake to map out brain functions). It was the scariest thing I've ever done, hands down. But it was also the most amazing team of doctors and support staff I've ever seen work together. I called them the Avengers, and I channeled my personal hero Captain America with his mantra "I can do this!" to get through this surgery. I needed it.
In October, November, and December, I received radiation and chemotherapy treatments. I was fortunate to tolerate these treatments pretty well, and the post-treatment scans were good. Now here's the bad part. The standard treatment for most brain tumors is surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy just like I got. But this is the brain, and most tumors can't be completely eliminated without damaging the brain or letting the tumor come back with a vengeance. 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 September 19th, 2021 on Belle Isle. I'm planning to walk/run with all of my supporters and any new friends I make there! 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 tumors, step by step!
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