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About My Dad
My dad was was brilliant . . . he could talk your ear off about nearly any subject. We used to tease him about never giving us a simple, concise answer to a question. We would end up learning far more than we ever wanted to know about things like soil erosion and the rules of baseball.
He was also intensely compassionate . . . he worked for FEMA for 30 years, dedicating his life to helping victims of natural disasters. He also held many volunteer positions, including reading books on tape for the blind and working in a crisis call center. He regularly donated both blood and plasma and told me once that he had always longed to donate his bone marrow to someone in need. He supported a multitude of causes . . . Mercy Corps, Doctors Without Borders, the Nature Conservancy, the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Save Darfur.
He had an incredible dry wit and amazing (although sometimes bizarre) sense of humor (for example, two of his favorite movies were "The Big Lebowski" and "A Christmas Story"). He had a smile that lit up his face . . . He radiated a happiness and vibrancy that spread to those who were lucky enough to be around him.
He loved the beach, running, baseball (especially the Cleveland Indians), Formula 1 car racing, jelly beans, music (especially jazz - the louder the better!), Porsches, and beer (especially after a long run). But, most of all he loved his friends and his family. He told me after his diagnosis that the thing he most wanted at the end of his life was the knowledge that his family always felt loved by him. I've never been more certain of anything in my life.
My dad was my running partner, my regular weekly coffee date, my confidant and my voice of reason. If he had not been my father, I would have certainly chosen him to be my friend.
We lost my dad to his 3 1/2 year battle with his brain tumor on April 5, 2008. It has been a pretty tough 8 years, but our involvement in the Brain Tumor Walk and our continued support of the NBTS provides great comfort and strength. Please join us in our critical fight against this disease.
About the Event
In 2005, I approached the National Brain Tumor Foundation and asked how I could bring a walk/run to Portland in honor of my dad. I assumed the role of chairperson and with a small (but mighty!) committee, planned the 1st Annual Portland Angel Adventure (which later became the Portland Brain Tumor Walk) held on May 20, 2006. The walk was so rewarding - both in terms of the amount of funds raised and in terms of the incredible amount of support the event provided for the local brain tumor community - that we continued it for 11 years. Although I am no longer chairing the event planning committee, I am still planning to attend as a participant and volunteer and hope you will join us!
We hope to see you this year on August 6! If you are unable to join us, please consider making a donation to our team "Team Glenn" through the link on this page.
Thanks so much for supporting our family and this very important event.
About the National Brain Tumor Society
National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is a nonprofit organization inspiring hope and providing leadership within the brain tumor community. We exist to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by brain tumors. We fund strategic research, deliver support services, and promote collaboration. The money raised through Brain Tumor Walk events is critical to support the ongoing work of the NBTS.
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.
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