In loving memory
John Edward Gregory
September 21, 1973 - June 3, 2013
My husband, John was diagnosed with brain cancer in October 2012. He had brain surgery and a tumor the size of a tennis ball was removed. He underwent radiation and chemotherapy for 6 weeks. After starting his first treatment of the high dose chemo, he developed pneumonia where it was discovered that he had another unrelated cancer. In March 2013, John was diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma that had metasticized throughout his lungs and liver. His prognosis was not good, but instead of letting the diagnosis defeat him, he perservered and regained strength and miraculously recovered and was able to participate in Race for Hope in early May. He was captain of Team PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) and we raised over $34,000 and was recognized as one of the top 10 teams (8th overall). Shortly after the race during our family vacation in Disney World, he lost his battle with cancer and died peacefully in Celebration Hospital on June 3, 2013.
During John's journey, it was evident that the treatment options available for brain cancer patients were not as advanced as those with Metastatic Melanoma. With John's skin cancer diagnosis, he was provided gene specific targeted therapy which was not one of the options available for his brain cancer. This gene therapy enabled John to have 10 more weeks - 10 more weeks of memories with his family and friends. He had a miraculous recovery which enabled him to participate in the race last year, fulfill his goal of being one of the top fundraising teams for this event and give his children their vacation in Disney World. Although John did not die of brain cancer, we will continue the fight to find a cure so that others like John will defeat this disease and continue their lives as brain tumor survivors. The advancements that have been made to treat Melanoma and other cancers must also be made available for brain cancer patients.
We have two children, Adison (7) and Alexander (5) who will both be participating in the race. Adison will continue her tradition of running and completing the 5K in honor of her father.
We ask you to join us to find a cure for brain tumors. If you are unable to participate in the race, you can still make a donation to support those who are battling brain tumors.
We hope to see you on Sunday, May 4, 2014! Help us find a cure for brain tumors!
We will continue the fight in memory of of those who are no longer here with us, for those who are still fighting the battle and for those who will be diagnosed in the future.
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