70,000 people are diagnosed each year with a brain tumor. The worst (and the most common) of brain tumors is called Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) and has a 5 year survival rate of less than 5%.
Michael Wowk, son of Ukrainian immigrants, was raised in Hamtramck, Michigan. He landed a journalist job with local newspaper the Macomb Daily, where he met his wife Cynthia. Michael was a voracious reader (especially history books) and an avid biker and hiker. However, he hated to fly-- when his family flew to Alaska for a vacation, he took the opportunity to accomplish one of his dreams of driving the Pacific Highway all the way from Michigan to Alaska. 28 years of marriage and two daughters later, he was diagnosed with GBM after experiencing some numbness in the left side of his body. He was 57. After thirteen months of brain surgery, chemotherapy and other treatments, he passed away in his home.
The Race for Hope - DC presented by Cassidy Turley raises funds to support innovative research initiatives and provide information for brain tumor patients and their families. Proceeds will fund the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. Both of these organizations fund research that is critical to advancing treatment for GBM. In fact, the National Brain Tumor Society recently launched the Defeat GBM Research Collaborative which aims to double the five-year survival rate of GBM patients – in just five years.
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Natalie Wowk and Julie (Wowk) Cunningham