Please join us on Saturday, September 27th for a virtual walk/run/ride to benefit the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center for the Study of Trophoblastic Disease.
As you may know, this is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. In 2012, while living abroad in London, I was diagnosed with Trophoblastic Disease after a lost pregnancy. My world was shattered and I spent many months recovering both physically and emotionally. Today, I am doing well, so it is my mission to share my story in hopes of raising awareness and funding for additional research.
What is GTT?
Gestational trophoblastic tumor, a rare cancer in women, is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells grow in the tissues that are formed following conception (the joining of sperm and egg). Gestational trophoblastic tumors start inside the uterus, the hollow, muscular, pear-shaped organ where a baby grows. This type of cancer occurs in women during the years when they are able to have children. There are two types of gestational trophoblastic tumors: hydatidiform mole (molar pregnancy) and choriocarcinoma.
To read more about this please visit http://www.dana-farber.org/Adult-Care/Treatment-and-Support/Gestational-Trophoblastic-Tumor.aspx#Cancer_Summary.
Why are we doing this?
Through the help of knowledgeable doctors, many women are given a quick diagnosis and immediate and thorough treatment. However, many doctors and women across the United States (and internationally), still do not have enough knowledge of this disease to make early detetction of a molar pregnancy possible.
Through the leadership of Dr. Donald Goldstein, and the team at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, they have become the premiere research facility for this disease. We are raising money for their endowment fund which supports research and teaching programs in Trophoblastic Disease.
What you can do:
First off, make a donation. Any amount!
Second, participate! This is a virtual walk. That means you can walk/run/ride anywhere you'd like (or at any of the locations listed below). Gather with your friends and family somewhere nearby and take pictures of yourselves walking, running or riding your bikes together, and upload to social media with the #TBDWalkRunRide2014.
Third, share this event with anyone else you know who has been impacted by Trophoblastic Disease. Getting the word out helps create more awareness and it is our hope that we can bring this disease the attention it needs.
New Jersey: Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ - Apple Gazebo at 1pm
Buy a shirt!
Support the cause by purchasing a t-shirt to wear to the event! Proceeds will also benefit the endowment fund! Click on the links below to purchase a t-shirt. There are 3 t-shirts: 1 basic white t-shirt or 2 t-shirts dedicated to our rainbow babies. A Rainbow Baby is a baby born after a pregnancy loss, our hope after the storm.