BENEFITING: BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
Hello my name is Brendan Flanagan, for most of you that know me I love being active and living life at a non-stop pace. One of the reasons I live my life to the fullest each day is because it will be my 10 year annivesity of when I was diagnosed a with brain tumor. The brain tumor I had was called Acoustic Neuroma. An acoustic neuroma tumor effects the brain's hearing and the body's balance.
When the doctor gave me my diagnosis I opted for surgery and I promised myself that I would never stop living life to the fullest! There is nothing that can get in my way. Now, don't get me wrong there were challenges left to conquer after the surgery. I had to learn how to get my balance back, how to be able to walk and how to brave the dreadful, very loud MRI scans! I knew I was going to keep fighting to make sure everything would be okay again.
I started to run marathons after my college lacrosse career was over and I thought this would be the perfect time for me to give back to a great foundation. I am coming back home to New York where I grew up and had my surgery at NYU, to run in one of the biggest marathons ever!
The support of my wife Lauren, my family and of course my dog Natty to push me completing this marathon and to raise money for more awareness/support for brain tumors is all the motivation I need.
Please take this journey with me by supporting me in any way that you can.
"I came, I saw, I conquered."
BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION wrote -
The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF) supports the whole patient by addressing their social, financial and emotional needs. In addition, the Foundation promotes the importance of early detection of brain tumors through the education of medical professionals and the public.
The Road to Early Detection, an unprecedented initiative of BTF, offers free MRI brain scans to the public. With nationwide participation and support, BTF’s Road to Early Detection campaign is now an official research study. Although MRI scans to screen for brain tumors are not considered part of standard preventive care, we hope that our research examining the brain scans of thousands of individuals will shed new light on early detection and prevention of this dreaded disease and make treatment more effective when caught early.
* Brain tumors can be extremely aggressive. They are rarely detected at a size and stage when surgical removal results in a treatment that is successful and sustained.
* Close to 1,000,000 people are living with brain tumors that have yet to be detected.
* Brain tumors do not discriminate.