Thank you for visiting our team page, and for considering either participating as a donor, walker, runner, or volunteer, at the 2018 Race for Hope, in Washington, DC. Here is our story...
In December 2004, my mother, Christine Makris, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, and given 1-2 years to live. At the time, she had two sons in college, one son in high school, and was enjoying a very successful career with the federal government. There wasn't room in her life for a cancer diagnosis, especially not with a death sentence. Unfortunately, cancer doesn't care. It comes when it comes. HOWEVER, Chris wasn't about to just lay down and let the tumor win.
For over 11 years, she lived her life with zest, purpose, and an incredible will to enjoy each and every day to it's fullest. Chris became her doctor's "All-star" patient. She travelled the world, watched her sons graduate from college and get married, welcomed a granddaughter, and lived a more full life than anyone could have possibly imagined. Chris lived every day as if it wer her last, because she knew that although she was beating the odds, her days were still numbered, and it could all be taken away.
In 2015 we launched Chris' Cronies, to celebrate Chris' 10th year as a survivor, and walked in the Race for Hope, in DC, which she had participated in numerous years before. Chris and nearly 50 friends and family walked/ran through the streets of DC, along with thousands of others, to celebrate life and continue to seek a cure... it wasn't lost on her that many others had not been as lucky as she.
Sadly, after 11 years of stability, the malignant tumor began to grow again, and this time it would be too much for Chris to overcome. Chris passed away, on June 13, 2016, surrounded by her family and friends.
On Sunday, May 6th, 2018, now in our fourth year, Chris' Cronies will come together to walk again, as we will again next year and every year in the future. We have to... after her tumor began to grow again, 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 at the time of her initial diagnosis. Her response continues to resonate, "after 11 years, how is that possible?", and it is the reason 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!