In Loving Memory of Dustin - I will keep running!
On July 31, 2013, my beloved husband, Dustin Evan Rhodes, lost his grueling 8-month battle with grade IV glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain cancer. He was only 29 years old and our baby boy was only 16 months old when he lost his daddy.
Dustin loved to run, and in fact ran a 24-hour ultramarathon race in which he completed 71.439 miles in 24 hours just 2 months prior to his terminal brain cancer diagnosis. He was in the best shape of his life and as healthy as can be...or so we thought. He ate fairly healthy, never smoked, drank alcohol only on occasion, and was in the prime of his life having just finished law school in 2011 and was an aspiring young attorney.
It just goes to show that brain cancer doesn't discriminate. It can and will claim the lives of young and old as well as some of the youngest, strongest, and most athletic people we have. Each day 500 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. Devastating news that no one deserves to receive.
This is why my son and I will be participating in the Race for Hope in Washington D.C. To honor my husband Dustin, my son's daddy, whose life was cut short by this most horrifying and deadly of all cancers. And to support all those still battling and those who don't even know it yet but will be battling one day...unless someone finds a cure.
Join me in supporting the National Brain Tumor Society and their efforts to support those affected by brain tumors and to hopefully one day find a cure.
God bless each and every one of you for your support! Together we can make a difference!
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