In Memory of Linda Duncan
Family and friends,
This year we’ll be participating in the Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk in honor of my mother, Linda Duncan. In May 2008, she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive type of tumor that arises in the brain and one of the most lethal forms of brain cancer. Despite surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, she quickly lost her ability to walk, dress, bathe, read, eat, and even speak. In January 2009, this cancer took my mother. Just months away from retirement, it robbed her of the extensive travel she had planned and the opportunity to be a grandmother.
My mother was exuberant and had a true zest for life. She was compassionate, thoughtful and had an infectious laugh and a sometimes bawdy sense of humor. She spent 35+ years as a children’s librarian in Contra Costa County, where she inspired numerous young people with a love for literature. This year marks the tenth anniversary of her death, but she remains a constant part of my daily life. From inappropriate jokes I wish I could pass along to her, to family traditions I share with my own family, to my childhood books she so thoughtfully saved that I now read to my girls, I strive to keep her memory alive.
Approximately 17,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed every year with cancer that began in or next to the brain. GBM is the most common and most malignant primary tumor of the brain. The current standard of care (consisting of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy) is ineffective, and the median survival of a person diagnosed with GBM is about 15 months; without treatment, it is a paltry 3-6 months. Although radiation and chemotherapy prolong life, they greatly reduce the quality of life.
While death rates from many cancers have declined thanks to better prevention, screening, and treatment, death rates from GBM remain virtually unchanged. In addition, the amount of money going to brain tumor research is very small compared to other forms of cancer. There have only been four FDA approved drugs – and one device – to treat brain tumors in the past 30 years. The four approved drugs for brain tumors have provided only incremental improvements to patient survival.
If you’d like, please join us for the Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk on June 23rd, or donate to help find a cure (click the "Donate Now" link on the top right of my page). The National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research; advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community; and providing comprehensive patient, family and caregiver resources. Your support ensures this important work will continue.
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Info on the walk:
Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Location: Crissy Field, 610 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
Registration: 8:00 – 9:30 AM
Walk start & end: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Live Band Plays: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fundraising Prizes & Awards: 11:15 – 11:30 AM
More details here: http://events.braintumor.org/events/bay-area-brain-tumor-walk/event-details/
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