Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk

Cole Whips







I am uniting with others to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. I am passionate about this cause, so I’m taking action. I need your help in this fight. National Brain Tumor Society is doing great work to spread awareness and continue research to discover new teatments and Lord willing, even a cure!


My Story

I want to thank you for your support as my family seeks to help raise awareness and raise support for further research that may even bring change in my lifetime. My desire to raise awareness comes largely from my own experience. As you probably already know (from personal conversation or Facebook), I originally went to the ER on May 13, 2014 because we thought I had a stroke. In fact, I was admitted to the hospital for a stroke(particularly because just by looking at me, they knew I was entirely too young to have a stroke). But of course after many CT scans and MRIs, they discovered the large tumor in my brain. And there our journey began.

My thought at the beginning of this journey was, "Wow, everything has just drastically changed." But what I want to share with you is what I soon began to dwell on as the reality of these circumstances. In Psalm 139, David says to God, "All of my days were written in your book before there ever was one of them. So, here's the deal... God has already written the history book to end all history books. In fact, His book includes every history book that has ever been written, though His has no alternative facts;)This is all for His glory and our good. How is that? The greatest thing God could ever do for us is make us to look like His perfect Son, Jesus Christ. As we travel through this journey called life, with all of its twists and turns, and learn by Christ's example, to run to our Heavenly Father and find comfort, peace, and joy in Him, we are being conformed more and more into the image of Jesus.

Because God's book has already been written and it incudes all of our days, these circumstances have not caught him off guard. In fact, they have always been part of my story. You see, nothing has really changed. My family has simply turned a page in a book that has already been written. When you read a book, the plot isn't changing as you read it, you are simply discovering it as you turn each page. And just like any other story, there are parts that are sad and difficult to read , much less live out. There are times of grieving and crying. BUT. Here's the great news. I know the Author AND the ending. If you would like to know more of the story and the Author, I would love to talk to you personally.
You'll notice I said earlier, "My family has turned a page." I say that because cancer doesn't effect just the person who carries it, but their whole famiy, immediate and extended, which includes all of our dear friends we have been blessed with around the world.
Because this journey began with what we thought was a stroke and turned out to be what it is, raising awareness has become something important to me. For this reason my family is joining 700,000 others to walk this 5k.
Thank you for your prayers and support (and for reading this short novel!)
We would invite you to join us on this walk if you are so inclined . This message is more for you rinfo and in vitation to register and comewalk with us. Please, please, please do not read this as a solicitation to give. We just want to spread awareness! Information can be found by following the link at the end of this terribly long message.
Thank You again!
Blessings to you,
Robert, Dawn, Jacob, Josiah, and Kate





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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.

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