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Race for Hope Philadelphia

"Let's Rock & Roll!"

Hi there and thank you for visiting our team page for the Race for Hope: 2017! Once again, our team "Let's Rock and Roll" will unite with others to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. We are passionate about this cause because unfortunately, we have witnessed one too many people succumb to this terrible disease:

  • David McNichol: served many years in our military, was active in his church and was devoted to his family. He lost his fight to brain cancer in 1999 at the age of 47...leaving behind his young wife and three beautiful daughters.
  • Bill McNichol: had just celebrated his 65th birthday and was looking forward to enjoying the benefits of his new "senior status" (i.e. discounted train tickets) and being a grandfather, when he unexpectedly had a seizure and was diagnosed with a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma. At that time, this rare form of brain cancer had no treatment protocol, so he followed that of a more advanced grade 4 glioblastoma. Bill fought bravely for 18 months as he underwent multiple brain surgeries, received radiation & took oral chemotherapy (all of which had varying degrees of side effects). Throughout this whole time, Bill always had a positive attitude ("c'mon, let's rock and roll)...he got to know all the staff at the cancer center, made light of his "cool" radiation mask that he got to wear, etc. Unfortunately, Bill lost his fight on March 23, 2014...leaving behind his wife, daughter, son-in-law & granddaughter.
  • Sean Misciagna: a hard-working and compassionate physician, lost his battle to brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 36...leaving behind his new spouse and family.

These are just the personal reminders of why we continue to fight and why your support means so much.

The National Brain Tumor Society is aggressively driving strategic research that will lead to therapies for adult and pediatric brain tumors. On a national level, The National Brain Tumor Society advocates for public policy that meets the critical needs of the brain tumor community and also provides comprehensive information and resources. The National Brain Tumor Society continues to make a difference in so many lives and will not rest until a cure is found!

So, in memory of David, Bill & Sean and all those not mentioned, please consider making a donation: either online or via USPS mail (just download the donation form).

Again, thank you...your gift means so much!

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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.

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