The 2017 Race for Hope Philadelphia is just around the corner! This year's event takes place on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Navy Yard. I was truly overwhelmed and humbled by the turnout for last year’s race and for the many generous donations. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I am excited and looking forward to recruiting even more team members and most importantly raising even more funds to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. The Race for Hope is a fun and inspirational day where the brain tumor community unites to inspire hope and take action in the fight against brain tumors.
In December 2010, my best friend and Mom, Anita, was diagnosed with Gliomatosis Cerebri, a rare brain cancer that is highly aggressive and very resistant to treatment. These malignancies are not lumps like other tumors, but cancerous threads that spread very quickly and infiltrate deep into surrounding brain tissue, or into multiple parts of the brain simultaneously, making them very difficult to remove with surgery or treat with radiation. Gliomatosis Cerebri is extremely rare, with fewer than 100 cases diagnosed in the United States each year. Scientists do not yet understand what causes Gliomatosis Cerebri, and the cancer is so rare that it hasn't received nearly enough research funding to find a cause, a cure, or even better treatment options.
Despite these horrible odds and statistics, Mom fought this disease and carried herself, like she always did, with courage and with grace. Mom passed on October 14, 2011, 10 months after diagnosis. Living without her physical presence is a daily struggle, but one thing that I CAN and WILL do is work to bring awareness to this disease, and help to raise funds for much needed research, but I NEED YOUR HELP!
Will you consider joining our team, Anite Cure and/or donating to this worthy cause?
Progress in this fight starts one team, one walker, and one dollar at a time. Like the National Brain Tumor Society, we are fiercely committed to finding a cure.
Join us and together we will make a difference.
Jodi and Family
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.