BENEFITING: GOLF FIGHTS CANCER
ORGANIZER: GOLF FIGHTS CANCER
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
I will be running the 2017 Boston Marathon on behalf of my late best friend and boyfriend, Davey Hovey. When Davey was diagnosed with Stage IV Glioblastoma in October 2015, a week after his 25th birthday, we were unfamiliar with this type of brain cancer and didn't realize the heartbreaking journey he was up against. In a short period of 16 months, Davey had 5 brain surgeries, 2 clinical trials, 2 rounds of radiation, 3 rounds of chemo and over 25 seizures. Throughout it all, he had a positive attitude and a smile on his face, never acknowledging the negative statistics. Unfortunately, Davey passed away on February 6, 2017. He didn't lose his battle with cancer, rather he fought as hard as he could until it was time for him to pass the baton on to us, his #crushtour team.
Glioblastoma is not as widely-known or as common as many other types of cancer, and therefore receives less funding and research attention. The median survival from diagnosis is about 14.6 months and two-year survival is 30%. Despite many decades of research, there have been very few advancements in the standard of care and minimal increase in survival time. We were able to give a large amount of money to Dana Farber with the golf marathon in June, and now are asking for your help again to keep the research projects and advancements well-funded.
We're going to fight (and run) to prevent these grim prognoses and help to present more treatment options to patients. The money we raise will be going directly to Dana Farber, specifically to Glioblastoma research by Davey's doctor, Dr. David Reardon.
Thank you for your support!!