Did you know that approximately 25,000 people are diagnosed with a primary malignant brain tumor annually in the US? Or that the average 5 year survival rate is only 34%? Or that brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among children? I didn't know any of those horrifying statistics until my dad passed away from the most aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, on Feb.16th.
Watching him decline so rapidly was heart-breaking, but some might say he was one of the lucky ones. More than any other cancer, brain tumors can have life-altering psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and physical effects. Thankfully, my dad didn't suffer from headaches, nausea, or seizures which so commonly affect patients with brain tumors. He maintained his ability to see and hear and speak, and even kept his sense of humor which was so much a part of who he was. Others that we met during his hospital stay were not so fortunate.
That's why I'm joining the Race for Hope in DC; to help raise funds to support innovative research initiatives so that better treatment options, and eventually a cure, can be found for brain tumors. If you're interested in supporting what has now become my "cause", please consider joining my team either through an online donation or through participation in the 5K race on May 7th.
This is for you, Dad! I love and miss you dearly.