2017 Race for Hope - DC

Jeffrey's Goofy Gang

In May of 1998, Jeffrey Roth, beloved husband and father of three girls, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, the most aggressive of all brain cancers. Although doctors predicted Jeffrey had no more than six months to survive, his strong will and determination helped him prove his doctors wrong. He fought bravely with grace and dignity for nearly two years before losing the battle to cancer.

Through Jeffrey's many roles as husband, father, leader and role model, he was an inspiration to us all. In the months that followed his initial diagnosis, Jeffrey was determined to lead a life filled with fun and good times, and greeted each day with a smile. Even through the toughest of times fighting this powerful disease, he was the one who pulled all of us through and held us together as a family. When we were weak he made us stronger, and when we were sad he was the one person we could count on to make us laugh.

Just as we looked to Jeffrey for inspiration, he drew his from one of his favorite celebrities. Goofy, Mickey Mouse's silly sidekick, held a special place in Jeffrey's heart. He loved Goofy's laugh, his crazy antics, and his never-ending ability to make people smile. Our team, Jeffrey's Goofy Gang, was created to honor Jeffrey and celebrate his zest for life. Caring for and helping people was so much a part of Jeffrey's being, and he would have loved nothing more than to know that the money we raise in his name could one day save the life of another human being. 

We are thrilled to welcome back Mikka Harvey and his family to our team this year!  Mikka turned 16 on February 12th.  Just 3 short years ago, on his 13th birthday, Mikka was heading to Johns Hopkins to have a craniotomy performed to remove the tumor that had been growing in his left temporal lobe since he was a toddler.  The surgery was a success and Mikka has made a miraculous recovery!  He is growing stronger and taller every day and shares his dream of playing in the NFL with anyone who will listen!  His Mom and his many aunts & uncles have become very good friends of ours over the last couple of years, and we are so happy they will be joining us again this year!

Once again we will gather in Jeffrey's memory and in celebration of Mikka to honor them and those like them who have fought so valiantly against this disease.  Please join our Goofy Gang so that together we can find a cure for brain tumors.

Thank you for your support.

Jillian, Chloe, Sascha & Rachelle

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