Perkins+Will Team Wood
Many of you are lucky enough to know James personally; many through his family, friends and co-workers. All given this opportunity to know him are sure of two things; that he is passionate about his family and his career. In our second year fighting for James and all of those stricken by brain tumors , the two most important entities in James' life-- his family and his co-workers-- are uniting to show their support for him and their dedication to beat this affliction that has robbed his family and so many other families of their hope, happiness, and future.
James, at 39, was diagnosed with brain cancer. He has undergone surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and worked hard to overcome many post-surgical obstacles. After a six month hiatus he was thrilled to return to work as an architectural planner. On Easter 2012, two weeks after returning to work as well as coaching one soccer practice for his son's soccer team, he suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke, a side-effect of the brain cancer treatments. This stroke was just another obstacle he decided to overcome with his witty sense of humor and positive outlook. But this setback has made it difficult for him to continue to fight the brain tumor at the same pace and with the same vigor as before.
Before James' diagnosis October 2011 his days were spent in one of several ways, furthering the pursuits of Perkins+Will, where he was a Principal and had worked for over 15 years, enjoying his home with his wife Adrienne, or on the sidelines coaching and cheering on his boys, Alex, ten years old, and Adam, seven. This is the man we love and are honoring by continuing with this good cause.
James is a good man. All who know him will attest to his willingness to offer a helping hand whenever possible. He would be leading this walk, helping to fight for others with this cancer, if he were able. We, his family, his friends, his neighbors and his coworkers at Perkins+Will will walk for him and because of him. He most certainly will be with us in spirit.
We want to thank you in advance for signing up to walk or run with us and/or giving your financial support as we participate in The Race For Hope in DC on May 5th. The 5K is an inspiration and declaration to all that we will beat this disease, that our love for those afflicted is unwavering, and we are dedicated mentally, physically and emotionally to the fight.
The Race for Hope is one of the largest financial fundraisers in the country benefiting the brain tumor community. It raises funds to support innovative research initiatives and provide information for brain tumor patients and their families. This amazing event relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of individuals, families, teams, volunteers, sponsors and donors. All proceeds support National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.
We look forward to seeing you there wearing your Perkins+Will Team Wood tee shirt. Please join us !!! We are the Perkins+Will Team Wood !!!!
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