We Heart Brains
The 2020 Seattle Brain Cancer Walk is going virtual! On May 3rd, Team We Heart Brains will be participating in the 13th Annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk. Together we have raised more than $70k! These funds go directly to the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment (a Swedish Medical affiliate), where I've been treated and cared for over the years.
I'm a brain cancer survivor of 18 years. A little over half of my life! Crazy. Many of you know my personal story and why the walk is so very important to me and my family. For those of you who do not, here we go...again!
I was diagnosed with a primary brain tumor (astrocytoma grade II) in 2002 at the age of 20 after being blind sided with a grand mal seizure. Since then I've had three craniotomies (fancy word for brain surgery) between 2003-2005. In 2009 there were signs of a recurrence which resulted in chemotherapy and radiation simultaneously. In 2011 my doctors noticed a possible change in my MRI scans which led to a brain biopsy. I heard the word every cancer patient desperately-yearns-to-hear. Clean! And it's been that way for nine years now. Yay!
There are many more details within that very condensed version such as learning how to walk again, twice. Battling seizures and the side effects of medication. Suffering from permanent loss of movement that denies me of activities I once loved. However depressing this may sound, I consider myself immensley fortunate to defy the odds of brain cancer and become an inspiration. The ispirational patient from whom doctors get a sigh of relief from before entering the room after giving the devestating news to so many others that very day. Over the past few years I've come to the realization that this is who I am now. The inspiration that we will find a cure!
We have 2 days to raise $5k. Year after year this on-the-fly spontaneous and rushed procrastinated way of fundraising has worked for us. Immensley. I've seen firsthand the work being done in the lab recently and it’s pretty astonishing to say the least. I'm hopeful that finding a cure will happen in my lifetime for those suffering with this relentless disease.
-The Howes Family and We Heart Brains Team