In December of 2000 my whole family's outlook on life changed in an instant when we learned that my brother, Venu had a golf ball size Oligodendroglioma tumor in his brain. I can still remember the phone calls before he went for his MRI and after he came back. Venu NEVER let the tumor get the best of him. He was always researching and looking into how he could be helped and how he could help other people.
But the truth of the matter is that brain tumors are scary...but they are a lot less scary than they were 15 years ago when we first found out about his, thanks to all the research that has happened. But there is still so much more that needs to be done. Venu was lucky enough to be part of some clinical trials that could have only been possible though research grants from funds raised from people like you and me. He was able to live 11 years after his diagnosis. He truly believed in the National Brain Tumor Society and believed that research was the way to understand tumors and ultimately find a cure. He was willing to put his body though tremendous pain in the hopes that one day someone else would not need to.
Although this will be the 5th year that we will participate in the brain tumor walk without Venu, this is a year of firsts.... It is the first time that I've had the courage to update this page. It also marks the first time that I've been involved with the Brain tumor Walk Planning Committee. The walk has also changed dates to 3 weeks later and the location has also been changed to Crissy field in San Francisco.....right near Venu's apartment. The steps we will walk are no doubtedly the steps Venu walked many a day and steps that I have walked along side him. The parking for the walk is also in the middle school across from his apartment... This will be a bittersweet day as it definitely feels like the walk is coming home.
Thank you all again for your support and friendship....and I look forward to seeing you at the walk if you are able.
QUICK BRAIN TUMOR FACTS
688,096 Americans are living with a brain tumor
An estimated 77,670 people will receive primary brain tumor diagnosed in 2016
The average survival rate for all malignant brain tumor patients is only 34.4%
•Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under 14, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children and young adults under 20
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow.
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research; advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community; and providing comprehensive patient, family and caregiver resources. Your support ensures this important work will continue.