Since 2004 when I had my initial diagnosis of an oligodendroglioma brain tumor, my family, friends, and I have participated in the National Brain Tumor Society's Boston Brain Tumor Ride. Over the past 14 years, we have raised more than $100,000 for brain tumor research. What I loved most about the Boston Ride was the opportunity, every May, to bring together my entire family and see people from the brain tumor community whom I've biked with for more than a decade. Those who have lost loved ones, those who are going through their own journey with brain cancer, and those who come every year to fight for a cure.
After my recurrence in 2014, I wanted to start anew and moved to the Bay Area for medical school at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Despite many challenges throughout the year, I have grown to love the Bay and am fortunate to be part of a wonderful community. Unfortunately, in March I was diagnosed with another recurrence. Rather than return to Boston, I have decided to undergo surgery, recovery, and further treatment in the Bay Area. During my recurrence in 2014, I learned that the emotional tribulations of living with brain cancer are just as significant as the physical ordeal. I refuse to let my illness sideline me every time I have a recurrence. Staying here in the Bay is my attempt to continue moving forward with my life. I am incredibly privileged to have outstanding doctors at UCSF, an incredible family, and an amazing community of support.
This is my third time facing brain cancer (hence our goal of raising $30,000). This time around I am nearing the end of the "standard of care" treatment options. I, along with thousands of others, will need to rely on new treatments until there is a cure. That is why Team Jeremy will step off our bikes and walk in our new home away from home. We walk for the inspiring individuals we've known who passed far too soon. We walk for those like me currently dealing with brain cancer. We walk so that one day there will be a cure.
Please join our team! My goal for recovery is to complete the entire walk, so join us in the Bay or as a virtual walker from afar! And please donate! There will be no new treatments, no cure, unless there is funding for research.
It's bittersweet: these events should not be needed, but the community of people it brings together gives me hope that my journey and the journey of thousands of others will continue.
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.