Kristen & Jackie via Crowdrise
August 08, 2012
BENEFITING: BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
They say, running is easier when there is something to run for...and so we are honored to be a part of this year’s Brain Tumor Foundation team. We will be running—and raising money—in celebration of Stephen C. Conley, Sr., Kristen's favorite (nothing to do with being her only) father-in-law; and Jackie's favorite former boss and favorite future (way in the future, don’t get too excited – let’s at least get through this race) grandfather to her favorite future nieces and nephews (tied, neck and neck with our own dad, of course).
As many of you know, Mr. Conley was diagnosed with a brain tumor on the eve of his 51st birthday (check out his must-see video to your left). After miraculously overcoming experimental surgery and many severe strokes along the way, he’s managed to beat all odds. He's learned to perfect that one-eyed-sailor-like step of his, and while we wouldn’t exactly encourage anyone to jump in a car with him behind the wheel just yet (or maybe ever), his drive on the golf course has quickly become better than his sons care to admit.
There is no doubt that Steve is a survivor – his persistence and determination has and continues to give those around him the gift of hope. And, thanks to organizations like the Brain Tumor Foundation (see more about the cause below) those of us that are willing and able are provided the opportunity to put up a true fight against this too-often-tragic disease.
Our fundraising goal is $6,000. It’s a lot, we know. So, like the training, we’ve broken down the miles … turns out to be about $115 a mile. If you can donate a mile, that’s AMAZING, but for those of you that run, you know a half a mile--or even the .2--makes all the difference in the world; i.e. we will be overly grateful for any amount you may choose to give.
While we are not convinced a marathon will ever get easy, there is no doubt that your support will help us cross the finish line. More importantly, your support will make a huge difference in the fight against brain tumors.
With gratitude bigger than all five boroughs, and love even longer than the course,
Kris & Jack
BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION wrote -
Team BTF is proud to be participating in the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4, 2012. 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, and initiative of BTF, was launched to increase public awareness about early screening for brain tumors and the urgent need for preventative brain scans.
More than half of the people diagnosed with brain tumors could be saved if brain scans were regarded to be as essential as mammograms or routine blood tests. We have grown accustomed to routinely checking for breast, colon, prostate and other cancers – why not brain tumors?
Every 20 minutes someone in the United States dies of a brain tumor.
SUPPORT TEAM BTF
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BRAIN TUMORS
Possibly half of all brain tumor patients could have their tumors successfully removed if they were detected early, before physical symptoms become apparent. Early detection and complete removal is the best known method of treating deadly tumor growth.
Funds raised will go directly to the expansion of
The Road to Early Detection campaign.
EARLY DETECTION + RESEARCH = CURE
The Brain Tumor Foundation: http://www.braintumorfoundation.org/