Welcome to Julie's Personal Fundraising Site
Welcome to Julie's fundraising page!
I'm proud to have participated in this event and supported this cause for 11 years. As you may know, I have been touched by brain cancer/tumors personally in my life, not once but 3 TIMES. My brother, Eric, was diagnosed with an Astrocytoma in December 2013, and underwent a tumor resection two days after he was hospitalized. After two years of no growth, Eric found out his cancer cells were migrating and growing again (February 2016). He underwent radiation and two rounds of chemotherapy. Then, the remaining cancer cells were determined to be dormant. His last MRI in June 2019 was unremarkable again (cells are still dormant). He continues to have regular MRI scans to monitor the remaining cancer cells, and has recently graduated to check-ins at a 9 month interval. It has already been 6 years since Eric's diagnosis, and we are so grateful for his outcome and prognosis!
My uncle, Rod, was diagnosed with an aggressive meningioma (non-cancerous) in January 2016, and battled his own fight with brain tumor resection, shunt placement, proton therapy, seizures, dementia, and blood clots. We lost him on January 22, 2018 from complications related to his initial diagnosis of meningioma. I also had the sweetest friend in college, Lara Street Roberson, who lost her battle with brain cancer (also an Astrocytoma) on September 12, 2008 (just a few days shy of her 24th birthday and leaving a husband behind). Her family still actively participates in the Walk (and even helped with the creation of this event 13 years ago).
I am walking in the 2020 Seattle Brain Cancer Walk benefiting brain cancer research in the Pacific Northwest to support all those who fight (past, present and future). All of the proceeds stay right here in the Northwest, supporting the Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Research at Swedish Neuroscience Institute. My brother has received excellent care through this facility and Dr. Charles Cobbs is tirelessly working to cure brain cancer one patient at a time. To date, this Walk has raised over $5.5 million towards Dr. Cobbs' research by funding his lab.
I hope that you will choose to join me this year by donating, joining as a virtual walker (if you cannot be present to walk or would like to help us fundraise) or walking with us in person. Every person who walks, donates or volunteers is helping make a positive impact on brain cancer research and treatment. This event has grown so much, that each year I am overwhelmed by the crowds and the growing number of survivors. It is an emotional and empowering event!
You can join me at this year's Walk by JOINING MY TEAM
You can also help by sponsoring me. It's easy to make a tax deductible gift by clicking DONATE NOW. Every contribution counts, no matter how big or small.
Thank you from my whole family! Never give up HOPE!