Thank you for visiting the Abby's Army team page. We are joining the fight against brain cancer by participating in the Head for the Cure North Texas Virtual 5K on May 1st, 2021. Head for the Cure is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for brain cancer research.
On November 4, 2020, a visit to the ER for an extreme headache led to the discovery of Abby's brain tumor. A few days later, the tumor was surgically removed and Abby was soon diagnosed with a malignant medulloblastoma. Since this type of tumor starts in the cerebellum, her muscle coordination, balance and movement were all affected. The recovery and treatment journey began with 5 weeks of inpatient rehab followed by 6 weeks of proton radiation. She has had countless outpatient OT, PT, and Speech therapy appointments following the surgery and she continues to set and meet goals as she works toward full recovery. She is currently in the midst of a chemotherapy regimen that is scheduled to conclude in January 2022.
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.
What Is A Virtual 5K?
This interactive event brings the same unique elements of an in-person 5K online to celebrate and remember our loved ones affected by this disease. Featured on Facebook and YouTube, we will host an at-home 5K, share stories from survivors and team captains, recognize the Keeping the Faith and Stevie Patrick Legacy of Love recipients and remember those we’ve lost during our Celebration of Life.
Things to Know
- Will I Still Get My Shirt and Medal? YES! We will be mailing all shirts and medals to each participant after the race. Please be sure that the address entered when registering is the address you would like your items shipped to.
- How Can You Help? Encourage registrations and donations! Our grants for clinical research and patient programs come from our race proceeds. We can't make an impact in this fight against brain cancer without YOU!
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.
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.
If you plan to join Abby's Army as part of the virtual 5K, please click the JOIN TEAM button. Then on the registration page be sure to select "Team Member Runner/Walker" as the participant type in order to be included on the Abby's Army roster!