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Sunday May 4, 2014     Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC
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Ms. Julie S Higginbotham

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This is my sixth year of participation in the Race for Hope, the largest event raising funds for brain tumor research and support. I've run as a committed ally, as one with affected acquaintances, but not as one with a strong personal connection to the cause. Imagine my shock last summer when my own mother was diagnosed with ... a brain tumor.

Fortunately hers proved to be a meningioma, a common and typically benign tumor. She'll need monitoring periodically, and the surgery and aftereffects were no walk in the park, but we all feel very fortunate. Now I know something more about the emotions and fears of families who hear that scary sentence "we found something." Now, it's really personal.

Brain tumors are under-researched (due to lack of funding) and often fatal. The Race for Hope - DC raises funds to support innovative research initiatives and support services for brain tumor patients and their families. Proceeds benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2). 

I won't be able to travel to DC this year due to family commitments but plan to do a 5k walk/run locally on the race day, in solidarity with my team. Last year many generous people contributed to my personal team, and though I'm getting a late start I wanted to share the need once again.

I'm running in honor of my mom, and in support of nine-year-old Kate McRae of California, currently battling the disease (and at the moment, showing clean scans). I also run in memory of Marissa, the young daughter of an acquaintance, who succumbed to glioma; Salvatore Gannello, a church friend who died in 2012 from an aggressive glioblastoma; and Adam Cook, a good and brave man who battled the disease for more than a decade before he passed on the eve of the 2009 race.

Thank you for your support in helping to find a cure for brain tumors! All contributions to the Race for Hope are 100% tax-deductible.

 

With my dear friend June at the 2010 Race in DC
With my dear friend June at the 2010 Race in DC

 

With pals at the 2013 Race...
With pals at the 2013 Race...

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