Thank you for visiting our team page and helping us to reach our fundraising goal!
Our team is joining the fight against brain cancer by participating in Head for the Cure Mid Missouri on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Head for the Cure is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for brain cancer research.
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. Of these, one of the worst is glioblastoma or GBM. More than 15,000 new GBM cases will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Although the incidence rate for glioblastoma is approximately two to three per 100,000 adults per year, Hickman High School has had two teachers (from the same department and in the same hallway!) diagnosed within the past five years: Diana (Rahm) Liscum, who sadly lost her fight against cancer earlier this year, and Bill Morgan. Across the Columbia Public Schools system there are undoubtedly other employees and family members who are battling this same diagnosis.
Luckily, scientists believe they might be close to a breakthrough--not just against glioblastoma but in the fight against all cancers. A better understanding of the different types of tumors (instead of simply classifying them by location, like "breast cancer" or "colon cancer") is leading to new treatments that target the unique weaknesses of specific tumors, sometimes using the body's own immune system to create individualized treatments. The 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to two scientists who "revolutionized cancer treatment” and “fundamentally changed the way we view how cancer can be managed.” Many researchers believe that cancer immunotherapy may be our "penicillin moment in the war on cancer."
But continued 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 us reach our goal and to help Head for the Cure defeat brain cancer, step by step! And please also consider joining us at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday, April 6, 2019.