Why I'm running this year
7 years ago, in May of 2013, my husband and I sat in my doctors office as he drew an oval, to represent my brain, and then a huge circle in that oval, to represent the tumor that they had found. We sat dumbfounded. We had just celebrated our 6 month wedding anniversary, adopted our first dog, and bought our first home. It seemed we would also be facing our first life and death challenge too.
Skipping ahead, I survived. But in the few years I've had as a survivor, I've watched and prayed for many who didn't.
Before cancer, I was a runner. I often ran 3 to 4 miles a day and loved the runners high it gave me. I remember that a few former coworkers ran for me in the Head for the Cure Mid-MO race then. And now, as a survivor in remission, I am running to support my fellow survivors and honor those who didn't survive. I will be praying for those who fought and perished while I train, and while I run on April 18, which happens to be my 36th birthday. Please support me in joining the fight against brain cancer by donating to my run.
Here are some facts:
- Each year, over 79,000 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.
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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