Welcome Friends and Family,
The term "brain tumor" was something neither Marlee nor I thought we would ever hear about one of our parents. Her dad and my mom were the epitome of health - active, loves the outdoors, smiles, laughs, etc. How would a tumor even think to approach two such healthy, loving brains? Unfortunately, life doesn't always work out the way you planned. Marlee's dad, Joe, and my mom, Kim, were both diagnosed with Glioblastoma, one of the most rare yet aggressive forms of brain cancer. Two years of chemotherapy, radiation, pokes and prods, and overall frustration has changed these two peoples' lives forever.
This year, Marlee and I decided to participate in the virtual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk. Our goal is to not only raise funds to find a cure, but to raise awareness of this invasive disease. Proceeds from the Walk support ongoing brain cancer research and clinical trials in the Pacific Northwest. The physicians and specialists at The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment work with regional experts in the field but collaborate nationally with other progressive institutions. Through this collaborative effort and with your help, we will make great strides for patients with brain cancer everywhere.
As both Kim and Joe are avid hikers and rooted Port Angeles residents, we have dubbed our team the Neurological Northwesterners. We'll be participating in the virtual walk this May (one or more of us may even carry our loaded hiking packs for an extra challenge ;) ). If you would like to join us, here are two ways you can help us get one step closer to a cure for brain cancer:
1. Join us and give hope to those undergoing treatment and help inspire the community into action. The walk is not limited to team members! Since it's virtual, anyone can participate!
2. Help us reach our fundraising goal by making a donation. Click on the DONATE NOW button to the right to show your support!
We would be so grateful if you would join or sponsor us. Together, we can end brain cancer.