St. Catharines Tumour Raiders
We are proud and determined to help raise money and awareness for EVERYONE affected by brain tumours.
The day of Andrew's siezure, the moment that lead to the discovery of his brain tumour, replays over and over in my mind. The same scene. 4 am. The realization something was wrong. The inability to communicate with him. The frantic race to call for help and the confusion of "is this really happening?" The paramedics appear. They are a calming source and take such good care of him. Then we're in the hospital. He's ok and we're about to go home. But, the curtains close. The doctor is pale and looks uneasy. "There is a large mass. We need to run more tests..." his voice trails off and he leaves us sitting there alone left to contemplate what this all means. Both frozen in silence. I look over at Andrew unsure of what I could possible say and he just stares ahead emotionless.
That was March 24th, 2019. A day that will never be forgotten. Since that day we are now armed with understanding. We know he has Oligodendroglioma. We know it is not as aggressive as they first thought and we know that they have removed most of it, obliterated the rest with 6 weeks straight of radiation and have him on chemotherapy for one year. This treatment is thanks to a case study that was recently completed. This case study was able to double the prognosis for Oligodendroglioma, Grade II from 7 years to 14 years median survival.
We were told that this diagnosis is NOT curable. But this case study has given us hope that there are more treatments and even a cure out there, waiting to be discovered. You see oligodendroglioma is one of the more rare brain cancers and being so rare means there is so much more to learn.
RESEARCH IS THE ANSWER.
How lucky to be given a diagnosis with such a positive prognosis that gives Andrew something many do not get when discovering such a similar fate, time.
I’m part of the movement to end brain tumours and I hope you’ll support me and my team in this Canada-wide effort to put a stop to this disease.
By signing up for a Brain Tumour Walk, me and my team have made a commitment to end brain tumours and to help provide the essential information and support that every person diagnosed deserves.
All money raised through Brain Tumour Walk events strengthens the national movement to end this life-changing disease and brings hope to individuals and families across the country:
Hope for progress in discovering the cause of brain tumours.
Hope for better treatments for every child and adult diagnosed.
And most of all, the hope for a cure.
Thank you for supporting me and my team, and more importantly, for helping the 55,000 Canadians who live with a brain tumour today.
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