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In July of 2014, my life fundamentally changed forever. Just 7 months after the birth of my son, I suffered a grand mal seizure in bed next to my wife, who was able to keep her composure and call the EMTs who rushed me to a local hospital. While at the hospital, an MRI was conducted which revealed a growth in my right frontal lobe of my brain. I was transferred to University of Maryland Medical Center and a biopsy was performed which reveealed the growth to be a malignant tumor. It's proper name is a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma and the nature of the tumor will never allow it to fully be out of my head. I will forever have cancer. I have accepted this fact and I cherish every single day. I completed 6 weeks of radiation therapy and I am finished 12 cycles of chemotherapy. I have experienced episodes of seizures which have affected my ability to drive and care for my son. My wife has been an amazing caretaker and the best support system I could possibly have. I teach for a living and my school supported the necessary recovery time I required. My students are amazing and have stood by me every step of the way. I run this 5K not just for me but all those affected by brain cancer including Ian Maize, a friend I've never met, who's struggle is much more difficult than mine. Ian is my inspiration. I lost two aunts to cancer in 6 months, so this for them as well. No one fights cancer alone.
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