Thank you for visiting our team page, and for considering either participating as a donor, walker, runner, or volunteer, at the 2019 Race for Hope, in Washington, DC. This is our FIFTH YEAR, and here is our story...
If you were given less than 2 years to live, what would you do? In December 2004, Christine Makris, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, and that's exactly how long she was told she had left. At the time, she had two sons in college, one son in high school, and had just been promoted to a Director 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. So, Chris did the only thing she knew how to do, fight through it with everything she had.
Fast forward 10 years to 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, and she knew that at any moment it could all be taken away. That said, she didn't live with fear, she lived with purpose, and lived by a creed... "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
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 5th, now in our FIFTH YEAR, Chris' Cronies will come together to walk again, as we will again next year and years 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!