2010 was Team Welch's first National Brain Tumor Walk. It was Mike's idea.
He wanted to be around other people experiencing what he was going through
and just check things out. Our friends and family joined us, Team Welch all
the way! Boy that was a day of inspiration, so many people sharing their
stories of hope and perseverance.
We knew people were also there in memory of their special people. We felt
for those teams but also tried to focus on the positive side of the day. So
many people gathered for such a great cause.
2010 was an interesting time in Mike's life. He had been living life with a
low grade tumor for 4 years. A week or so after the walk his doctors
discovered things had changed a bit and it was time for a more aggressive
approach. In 2010 Mike had his second brain surgery, weeks of radiation and
started months of chemo treatments.
In 2011 Team Welch participated in our second walk. Again joined by our
amazing friends and family. It was a bit more real this time. We were more
aware of what could happen to Mike in the future. The memorial teams took
on a new importance. In 2011 Mikes tumor had grown and was changing, he
continued his regular chemo and started another to see how things went. Mike
was a trooper and a fighter. That day he walked with his mother and brother
by his side. He was proud of his fight this far and loved standing up front
in the survivors photo.
In 2012 it was time for Mike to stop fighting and enjoy the precious moments
life had given him. We said good bye to our Mike on March 30th, 2012. He was
32 but was wise beyond his years. Mike shared with us unconditional love, an
understanding of compassion and a zest for life many people never
understanding fully. Team Welch missed the walk that year.
Well, here we are in 2017, Team Welch has changed a bit. Now we walk, help
to raise awareness and funds under our new team name: 4RMIKE. 4RMIKE is a
memorial team unified in the goal of raising funds to help with researched
towards finding a cure, providing hope for those fighting the fight and
sharing memories of our Mike.
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