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After having 2 loved ones diagnosed with brain tumors less than 10 years apart, I am participating in the Race of Hope for my 9th year so that a cure can be found. This year I want to honor and celebrate my beautiful 16 yr old daughter, Amanda, who will celebrate 9 yrs being cancer free in September. At age 6, Amanda was diagnosed with a stage 4 CNS Neuroblastoma. After chemotherapy and radiation, a total tumor resection was done in 2005 at JHU. Amanda is now a healthy 16 yr old, but faces lifelong latsting effects from the tumor and treatment including learning and social delays, short term memory loss, cataracts in both eyes, growth hormone deficiency and thyroid issues.  I am also participating this year to honor and celebrate my fiance Larry, who was diagnosed one year ago with Choroid Plexus Papiloma, a benign brain tumor. Larry suffered from symptoms of vertigo, including dizziness, nausea, double vision, and balance problems for almost 8 months before an MRI showed a 3 cm mass located dangerously close to the brain stem. Larry had a complete tumor resection done on April 16th 2013 at GWU and required no chemo or radiation. He received inpatient occupational, physical, and speech therapy to correct the effects of such a major brain surgery to remove the tumor. Both Larry and Amanda are survivors. If they can survive a brain tumor, I can certainly survive a 5k. Please donate and help me reach my goal so that a cure can be found.

Read the poem I wrote for Amanda and the Wall Of Hope in 2006

Just A Little Girl She Is

Yet Wise Beyond Her Years

While To Her Life Has Been So Rough

 You'll Never See Her Tears

 Possesing A Strength And Courage Many Of Us May Never Own

Only A Little Girl She Is Though You Might Think She Was Grown

Just A Little Girl She Is

But Not At Home Playing With Her Dolls

Instead She's At The Hospital

Pole Surfing Through The Halls

Just A Little Girl She Is

Her Illness Does Not Show

Aside From Hair And Weight Loss

That She Has Cancer, You Would Not Know

Just A little Girl She Is

Her Illness Though Grim It Seems

A Fighter , My Little Girl She Is Who Will Survive To Fullfill Her Dreams --

Angela Marie Mathis -- For My Little Girl

Mandacredibles Raised
Angela Mathis $195.00
Cathy Beeler $40.00
Catherine Lamberger $40.00
Herman Lamberger $250.00
Amanda Mathis $40.00
Larry Redden $40.00
Team Gifts $495.00
Denotes a Team Captain

 

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