At the age of 57, our seemingly healthy father, Donald Guidoboni, was suddenly diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. He had been working as a self-employed, dedicated real estate developer. When he wasn't negotiating on business calls, he could usually be found on the golf course.
His love of golf was the very clue that his wife had that something was wrong. In October 2014, he wouldn't get out of bed...even to golf. Then, he began asking the same question multiple times. Assuming it was possibly a stroke, his wife brought him to the ER. The MRI indicated there were multiple tumors in his brain. Dad had a glioblastoma (GBM). GBMs are difficult to treat and are extremely aggressive. With the location of his tumors, there was no chance of surgery. His doctors at Dana Farber told us, "the deck is stacked against him".
Dad fought his battle with cancer for 10 months. Dad did not 'lose' his battle to cancer, because it was never a fair fight to begin with. In those 10 months, he showed us how to make the best of a horrible situation by always laughing and rarely complaining. When he was too weak to help us decorate the Christmas tree, he threw the ornaments (yup, glass ones) at the tree. To all our amazement, all of them caught branches and stayed!
Although his loss has left so many of us with a immense void, we must go on and do what we can for those who are still fighting. We know nothing would make Dad more proud than to see our team raise money for and bring awareness to this unfair disease.
We will not only ride with him in our hearts, but also with the thoughts of many others who have fought and continue to fight the same battles as Dad.
Our stepdad's father, Papa Mario DeMarco.
A brother and friend, Arjan Ruqi.
A professor and mentor, Noreen Leibson.
Our stepdad's great friend, Celso Barcelos.
Our dear family friend, Joe Donovan.
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