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In 2004, our 4th child, Caroline, was not yet crawling at her 9 month check up. We began pyhysical therapy and was referred to a neurologist. Four months later, an MRI showed an inoperable brain stem astrocytoma and within weeks, she became paralyzed and motionless. She lived only 63 days after diagnosis, in the ICU, and we lost our little girl at 15 months.
In her very short life, Caroline made a tremendous medical contribution. She was able to donate her pulmonary arteries and heart valves to two young boys and save their lives and give her corneas to two adults to give them sight. Her donation was a special exception that was not general practice at Children's National Medical Center, at the time. With her case, doctors lobbyed for policy change and set new standard guidelines that would include her type of donation, Donation After Cardiac Death, and allow for a much greater number of patients to be organ and tissue donors.
The Race for Hope was just 3 days after her passing. Because of the incredible outpouring from our family, friends and community the Peabody Tumor Trashers was the highest fundraising team, that year. This will be our 11th year as a race team. We are still devoted to raising funds to finance and develop effective successful brain cancer treatments. There is much research in progress and the implementation of these potential cures depends on continued funding.
In 2005, Chris, myself and three others initiated the Golf for Hope at Blue Mash. We have raised over $775,000, to date, and continue our success with our 10th and final year.
Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid mass cancer in children.
Today, nine families across America will learn their child has a brain or spinal cord tumor.
And, three families across America will mourn the loss of their child to a brain or spinal cord tumor.
Please consider joining our team and walking/running as part of our commitment to finding new and effective treatments for this often fatal disease. We are extremely proud and grateful and especially thankful for the continued involvement of our family, friends and community.
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