My Inspiration: Jake “the Warrior”
Fighting brain tumors one mile at a time!
Back in 2010 at the New Jersey Marathon expo I was drawn to the Central NJ Brain Tumor Support Group table as I had just put down my 2 year old Boston terrier due to Stage 4 Canine Glioma. My husband Frank had proposed to me with a Boston Terrier named Jake in November 2010. He was 2 years old and was rescued from a kill shelter in Texas.
In late January 2011 he started having seizures and shortly after, an MRI revealed he had canine Glioma. We quickly learned about a Brain Tumor clinical trial for dogs at the University of Minnesota. We emailed one of the doctors there and she said she would like to enlist Jake into the clinical trial and do surgery right away. Frank, Jake and I drove from NY to Minnesota and Jake received the Brain surgery and gene therapy treatment.
Through this process I learned a lot about this disease and hope continuing these types of research and clinical trials will one day lead to a cure! You can read more about our journey here : http://jakethewarrior.blogspot.com/
I have been running the NJ Marathon Events in support of the Central NJ Brain Tumor Support Group ever since! I run for patients, their families, the survivors and in memory of those we have lost, both human and canine (and my Jake!). The funds raised sponsor a National Brain Tumor Conference in Edison, NJ, a brain tumor scholarship for a NJ student, and brain tumor research.
Today nearly 300,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year and approximately 10% or 30,000 are children. Brain tumors are often deadly, impact quality of life, and change everything for patients and their loved ones.
Please help by sponsoring me today!