Team Sweet Emily
“In April of 2011, a week before my 24th birthday, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor late on a Thursday night. By Saturday, I was having my first of three brain surgeries to alleviate hydrocephalus that had been causing terrible headaches and nausea.
After three brain operations, five spinal taps and almost a month straight in the hospital, I was sent home for good. Last summer, I powered through 6 weeks of radiation with concurrent chemotherapy. I would not have made it without the tremendous support of my family and my project that began while still in a hospital bed - fundraising for the National Brain Tumor Society.
Yesterday, I met with my oncologist. It was time to take an MRI, and evaluate the last twelve months of chemotherapy - 5 days on, 23 days off, 12 months of my existence, life altering - not life saving - treatment. My doctor told me we were done. Remission, was his word.
But I know remission is not the answer or the end of the story. Brain tumors are nasty, crippling, aggressive tumors. They are sneaky and resilient. They have told me that mine will grow again. Research is my key. Research can save my life. I fund raise for the National Brain Tumor Society because remission is not the end or the beginning - it is the middle. Until there is a cure, I will fight every day.”
Emily Morrison (1987-2014)
Emily joined the NY Brain Tumor's Innagural Walk on Governor's Island in 2011. After eight years walking at the NY Brain Tumor Walk her family and friends will participate for the first time in the Delaware Brain Tumor Run/Walk. See you November 9!
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.