Thank you for visiting our team page, and for considering either participating as a donor, walker, runner, or volunteer, at the 2017 Race for Hope, in Washington, DC. Here is our story...
In December 2004, Chris Makris was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, and was given 1-2 years to live. Surgery was scheduled, and a regiment of chemotherapy and radiation was put in place. It was devastating. Chris was an incredibly healthy, hard-working, fun-loving mother of three sons, who's entire world was completely rocked based on the results of one MRI.
Fast forward to December 2014, Chris Makris made it to 10 years as a survivor, and kicked ass doing it, showing no signs of slowing down. She'd seen all three of her sons graduate from college, witnessed two them get married, and was blessed with the birth of her granddaughter. To celebrate her 10th year of survivorship, in Spring 2015, we launched Chris' Cronies. The team grew to almost 60 people strong, and we walked in the 2015 Race for Hope DC. Additionally, many people donated significant amounts of money towards the cause, and we raised several thousands of dollars towards brain tumor research, in honor of Chris and her amazing story. What a thrill!
Then, in December 2015, rather than celebrating her 11th year as a survivor, Chris' world was about to be rocked again. Chris had begun experiencing several symptoms of potential tumor advancement, and in early January after undergoing a biopsy procedure, it was confirmed, the tumor was back and it was bigger and significantly more advanced than before. Unfortunately, the prognosis this time was significantly bleaker than the first time around, however, Chris kept fighting. She went through weeks and months of radiation and chemotherapy. In solidarity with Chris' renewed fight, on May 1, 2016, Chris Cronies' walked again in her honor, while Chris continued fighting at home, too weak from the treatments and the toll the cancer was taking on her body. It was rainy, windy, and cold, but we walked any way, because Chris would have, if she could have.
Sadly, on June 13th, surrounded by her family, Chris peacefully passed away in her home. Some might look at it as "the brain tumor finally won", but that's not how we see it, and that's not how Chris would see it. Instead, Chris would say she won every day that she was able to wake up and put her feet on the ground. She was given 1-2 years to live, but instead lived an amazing life for 11+ years, and lived each day to its' fullest. As such, it is our duty, as Chris' Cronies, to continue to wake up and put our feet on the ground each and every day that we can... and put our feet on the ground we will.
On Sunday, May 7th, 2017, Chris' Cronies will come together to walk again, as we will in 2018, 2019, and every year in the future. We have to... last year, Chris asked the oncologist what the treatment regimen would be if this was her first tumor, and his response was that it would be exactly the same regimen that she went through back in 2004. Her response continues to resonate, "after 11 years, how is that possible?", and it is the driving force for why we must continue to fight, why we must continue to walk, and why we must continue to hope for a cure.
Join us, along with thousands of others to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. The National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure are making strides for a cure - but more needs to be done. Please join us in our effort, and become one of Chris' Cronies!