Keith Mason via Crowdrise
July 21, 2011
BENEFITING: BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
Welcome to Keith's Fundraising Page. I'm running the 2011 NYC Marathon on November 6, 2011 in honor of my good friends Brad and Christa's daughter Carly Grace Nelson and in support of the Brain Tumor Foundation. Please support me, Carly and the Brain Tumor Foundation by making a donation. There is no donation too large or too small - all donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.
ABOUT CARLY GRACE NELSON:
In September, 2008 when Carly was 8 months old, she was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma - a brain tumor which required a surgical removal procedure less than a month after its discovery. The surgery removed most of the tumor. Following that procedure, Carly needed to have a shunt inserted in order to regulate the fluid that was causing swelling and unexpected pressure on her barin. Since then she has undergone eighteen shunt replacement surgeries in order to address issues that continue to arise. And most recently at the age of 3, an MRI showed the return of a recurrent tumor for which she was treated with a Gamma-Knife procedure (a type of sterotactic radiosurgery) in early June. Though she has faced many obstacles on her road to recovery, Carly has inspired us all with her strength, resilience and adorable little smiles. She is a fighter and we continue to envision her fully recovered and healthy. Carly's parents have also inspired everyone who knows them as they have dedicated themselves to her recovery. Brad and Christa meet every challenge faced by Carly with an unwavering commitment to do whatever is in her best interest: they do research, they meet with doctors, they stay up all night rubbing her back, whatever Carly needs they do it with love, patience, and an eye on her recovery. Seeing the way that they have met challenge after challenge has taught us (their friends) to be better people and parents. I am honored to support them in any way I can. You can read more about Carly here:
Every time we get a new update on Carly's health and treatments, we are always amazed at the growing options available through modern science and technology. Every treatment, every alternative, every procedure and medication is the result of research and provides hope and relief for patients like sweet Carly and for family-members like our friends Brad and Christa. I am excited to train, run and raise money for more of this wonderful organization because I see now how valuable and necessary early detection and research are.
Two years ago I started running in order to get into shape. I started to run a little more and signed up for a few 5ks and eventually some longer races. A little over a year ago a friend suggested that I run the NYC Marathon. I laughed and told him I couldn't and that it wasn't possible to which he replied "why not?" I had a few excuses but no good reason so with the support of my wife and the push of a few friends I signed up for the 2011 NYC Marathon and started training. When the opportunity arose to raise funds for a charity, I immediately thought of Carly and found it was possible to raise money for the Brain Tumor Foundation.
ABOUT THE BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
Team BTF is proud to be participating in the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6, 2011. Please help us raise awareness and funds.
The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF) guides and supports patients and families during the turbulent times when their lives are touched by a brain tumor. The Road to Early Detection campaign, an initiative of BTF, was launched to increase public awareness about early screening for brain tumors and the urgent need for preventative brain scans. With BTF's Bobby Murcer Mobile MRI Unit, free brain scans are offered throughout the five boroughs of New York City. To date, early detection and complete removal is the best known method of treating deadly tumor growth.
Funds raised will go directly to The Road to Early Detection campaign.
EARLY DETECTION + RESEARCH = CURE