BENEFITING: BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
Running for a wonderful cause this year..
Just over 3 years ago, I got a phone call from my Dad saying Mom wasn't acting like herself. She's always been an energetic, outgoing and happy person but after their trip to Hawaii, she became another person. She didn't want to get out of the house, always wanted to stay in bed, barely ate and hardly smiled. At first, we thought she was just sick and tired from the trip. After a number of doctors visits, misdiagnoses (Alzheimers, Parkinson, and the list goes on..) and concerned days and nights, my aunt pushed for an MRI thinking it might be a minor stroke. When the results came back, we finally got some clarity but not the news we wanted to hear.
Mom has a Brain Tumor.
The Brain Tumor was rather large and probably was there for many years. We were able to get an appointment with the Head of Neurosurgery at MSKCC. The staff at MSKCC was nothing but amazing. They were detailed in explaining everything from A-Z and came up with a treatment plan. After a successful surgery, radiation treatments and months of chemotherapy treatment, Mom is on her road to recovery. The battle has not been easy but she's been extremely strong and a trooper. A Wonder Woman in my eyes.
The check-ups and monitoring will never end but I know she will battle through it. We were told that the type of tumor she has usually goes undetected until it is too late. This is why this year, my 3rd NYC marathon, I would like to run for the Brain Tumor Foundation and for her.
Love you mom!
Thank you all for your love and support.
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.