In Memory and Love for Team Poppy!!!
Thank you for visiting my personal page and helping me to reach my fundraising goal! This is a cause that is near and dear to my family. On January 2, 2020, my dad, Art Rosenberg, was diagnosed with brain cancer. On January 4th he had surgery to remove about 85% of the mass. The doctors said the prognosis and treatment plans looked good. He started daily chemo pills and radiation. But he became weak from the treatments. Then Covid hit. And he was getting weaker and something else was going on with him. My mom dropped him off at the emergency room with the thought she’d pick him up later. She never did. He had blood clots and then developed pneumonia. On April 5th, 3 short months after his diagnosis, he took his last breath with my mom, his partner for over 55 years, by his side. Our lives have never been the same and they never will be.
After we found out about my dad’s diagnosis I found a fundraising walk for us to all do as a family - I knew my dad couldn’t walk, but either we would push him in a wheelchair (depending on the terrain) or he would be waiting for us at the finish line. That vision is gone. And because of Covid the walk obviously can’t happen as originally planned. I’ve been avoiding fundraising or even thinking about this event because it’s too raw for me and honestly I’m angry. Angry my dad is gone and stupid covid is ruining amok.
But after watching this video of Neil Peart drumming, I changed my mind Neil Peart is the drummer from Rush, and one of my top three favorite drummers of all time. On January 7th - just days after my dad’s diagnosis and surgery, Neil died from Glioblastoma at the age of 67. He suffered with this cancer for three and a half years. This fight for a cure isn’t about my pain - it’s about the disease that is taking too many people out of this world. People like my funny and loving dad, who I will never sit with at another Giants game or go watch the Perseid meteor shower with. People like Neil Peart who was an amazing drummer and kind-hearted soul who felt deep. This disease needs to stop and a cure must be found.
I realize that while the fundraising walk won’t be the vision I had in mind and can’t bring my daddy back, maybe the money we will raise will help another little girl keep her vision of her daddy alive and true a little longer than I got.
I can’t watch Neil Peart play without crying - for him and my daddy.
I am joining the fight against brain cancer by participating in Head for the Cure San Francisco on April 4, 2020. 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 making a donation today to help me reach my goal and to help Head for the Cure defeat brain cancer, step by step!
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