BENEFITING: MICHAEL MOSIER DEFEAT DIPG FOUNDATION
On July 25, 2015, my good friend received the news that no one ever wants to hear. Her godson and nephew, Anthony Pappalas, had been diagnosed with DIPG. Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a brain tumor found in a part of the brain stem called the pons. The pons controls essential bodily functions such as heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eye movement, eyesight, and balance. DIPG affects children almost exclusively. Approximately 200-400 children in the United States are diagnosed with DIPG each year. These children are typically between the ages of 5 and 10. DIPG accounts for roughly 10-15% of all brain tumors in children. Only 10% of children with DIPG survive for 2 years following their diagnosis, and less than 1% survive for 5 years. The median survival is 9 months from diagnosis. There is no effective treatment and zero chance for survival. Anthony died on March 9th, 2017. He was seven years old. I am participating in the Chicago Triathlon this year and hoping to raise money and awareness for this horrific and underfunded childhood cancer, in the hopes that eventually no other family will have to go through what Anthony and his family continue to live. Any donation, big or small, is appreciated!