Bye Bye Bob
After a year of increasingly worsening symptoms, doctors found a small sliver of a tumor in September 2016. In the following weeks as I prepared for my first round of radiation, imaging showed my tumor was growing at a deadly rate. So I underwent 3 excruciatingly taxing and long rounds of radiation and chemo. Additional imaging showed the tumor had spread and latched to the sides of my heart, causing it to beat irregularly. I underwent surgery to help dislodge the tumor pieces in my chest, and the doctors were able to diagnosis my tumor -- Grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma. And so three days before Christmas I was told I have one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer. No 22 year old should have to hear that.
I am gathering and asking all of my friends, far and near, to help me make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. With our team effort, we can help say goodbye to my tumor Bob and countless others like it. I will be participating in the Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk on May 13 and would love to see you there. Your $25 admission goes towards our team's fundraising goal. If you can't attend the walk, please consider making a donation to our team. All donations are tax deductible and go straight to fund brain tumor research. That research can one day save lives, including mine.
Thank you for being apart of my fight. With love, Keary.
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.