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National Brain Tumor Society

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BENEFITING: National Brain Tumor Society, Inc.

ORGANIZER: National Brain Tumor Society, Inc.

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Ryan Robertson

THE STORY:

March of 2010 seems like an eternity ago, but it's a month I'll never forget. I was feeling great, training for some summer races, and had a week long rock climbing trip planned to Nevada at the end of the month. After going out for a run one day, I noticed that the left side of my face felt slightly numb. After a few days of increasing numbness, I checked in with my doctor who suggested an MRI. Feeling completely confident that it would turn out to be nothing, I was shocked to learn that, at the age of 25, I had a type of brain tumor called an acoustic neuroma. Even more devastating, was finding out the tumor was nearly the size of a tennis ball. In less than 24 hours, my general practitioner contacted Dr. Allan Friedman at Duke, considered by many to be the top brain surgeon in the world. As you can imagine, Dr. Friedman is incredibly sought after and busy. He wasn't taking any appointments that day, but after seeing my MRI, agreed to meet with me right away. Two months later I underwent brain surgery with Dr. Friedman and another world renowned brain surgeon, Dr. Fukushima, who happened to be teaching as an adjunct professor at Duke. The surgery was scheduled to take around 6 hours but ended up lasting 13 as the doctors worked with meticulous precision trying not to damage nerves that could have left the side of my face permanently paralyzed. Thanks to their skill, expertise, and precision I came out of the surgery with great results. The entire team that worked with me at the Duke Brain Tumor Center was phenomenal. Within a couple months of surgery I was back to running, rock climbing, and working my way through graduate school classes. I'm incredibly thankful for the results of my surgery, but unfortunately, being diagnosed with a brain tumor doesn't always end the same way. I consider it a great privilege to be able to run the Boston Marathon and raise money on behalf of the National Brain Tumor Society. Funding for research is continually leading to better treatments for brain tumors and the hope that a cure will eventually be found. Please join me in this continuing journey and the fight against brain tumors. I was incredibly thankful to have this world-class facility just a few miles down the street. Beyond the high caliber of everyone I've had the pleasure to encounter at Duke, the thing that impressed me most was their level of knowledge, skill, and teamwork. Their cutting edge research and technology gave me confidence that everything would work out. I would wish the same peace of mind for anyone diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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$8,101

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  • Eric, Susan, Piper, Elliott & Penelope Baucom

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  • Congrats on the finish! #WeAreWiley

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  • Will Carome

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101% Raised of $8,000 Goal

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The Team: $42,262 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Katie Elias

Amount Raised

$13,351

 

167% Raised of $8,000 Goal

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Will Carome

Amount Raised

$10,003

 

100% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Ryan Robertson

Amount Raised

$8,101

 

101% Raised of $8,000 Goal

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Jenny Pushner

Amount Raised

$6,251

 

96% Raised of $6,500 Goal

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Fred Duvall

Amount Raised

$4,555

 

91% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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National Brain Tumor Society, Inc.

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0% Raised of $28,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Susan Skinner

Susan Skinner

DONATION: $25

Tribute to Ryan Robertson 2 months ago

Mark Paulson

Mark Paulson

DONATION: $50

2 months ago

Will Carome

Will Carome

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Congrats on the finish! #WeAreWiley

Congrats on the finish! #WeAreWiley

DONATION: $59

2 months ago

Marilyn Kelly

Marilyn Kelly

DONATION: $100

Best of Luck to you. In memory of those who have lost their lives to brain tumors. 2 months ago

Jess Cassidy

Jess Cassidy

DONATION: $25

So excited for your triumph in Boston tomorrow! 2 months ago

Eric, Susan, Piper, Elliott & Penelope Baucom

Eric, Susan, Piper, Elliott & Penelope Baucom

DONATION: $50

2 months ago

JoJo and Mom

JoJo and Mom

So proud of you - happy to support you! Thanks for all you do for the Littles! ð 2 months ago

Tina Larsen

Tina Larsen

DONATION: $25

2 months ago

Finn Poulin & family

Finn Poulin & family

DONATION: $50

Amazing story, amazing race. Best of luck! 2 months ago