EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2013
As an aspiring physician, I have been volunteering in the Brain Tumor Research Center (BTRC) at the University of California, San Francisco. Specifically, I have worked as a team member in the lab of Manish Aghi, M.D., Ph.D, doing research on a tumor known as glioblastoma (GBM). GBM is the most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans, with an average survival of 14 months after being diagnosed. Under the guidance of my mentors in the lab, I have seen patients affected by this terrible disease and grown passionate about our lab's cause to understand how these tumors grow in addition to how they can better be treated.
That is where this marathon comes in. Myself and a medical student in the lab who serves as my mentor, Arman, are taking that passion to the streets and will be running the Wipro San Francisco Marathon June 16th, 2013 in an effort to raise funds for the research the BTRC does. Having spent long hours in the lab conducting experiments and collecting data, we are looking to go beyond the lab bench to raise awareness about our cause. Any amount you can generously contribute is greatly appreciated. Also, PLEASE let me know if you do make a donation so I thank you directly.
Even if you are unable to make a donation, do follow our causes page on Facebook, as I will be adding updates on our training leading up to race day. It is my first ever attempt at a marathon (Amran has ran before), and I am excited about the opportunity, but know the challenge that lies ahead. And lastly, thank you for taking the time to consider our cause and voice your support for our efforts. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
All my best,