Kimberly Albro's Personal Fundraising Page
2020 Team Sharing Hope
I am uniting with my sister Shannon Bruce and her team Sharing Hope to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. This will be the 14th time team Sharing Hope has participated in the walk. I am passionate about this cause, so I'm taking action and need your help. Please join us in our effort to search for a cure and support the National Brain Tumor Society.
I have a very courageous and faith-filled sister. I am in awe of how she battled her tumor and how she has become an advocate for the fight against brain tumors. She has participated in this Brain Tumor Walk every year since her surgery, including in 2007 while she was still in treatment. She sincerely believes that her tumor was a tool in helping her find her calling to work as an advocate to fundraise in order to help contribute to the development of more effective treatments and to search for a cure for brain tumors.
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Shannon's surgery was over 13 years ago, on June 14, 2007. As a result of the surgery she was diagnosed with a Grade III Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma. She received treatment combined chemo and radiation therapy. On September 12, 2007 she complete her first six weeks of treatment. On October 12, 2007 she had her first MRI after her surgery, at that time there was no visible tumor. In October 2007 she began 12 months of chemotherapy on 4-week cylces (1 week chemo, 3 weeks off) with MRIs every 8 weeks her last round of chemo during that treatment cycle was in October 2008.
Beginning in January 2009 - MRIs have been performed every 3 months to check status. MRIs were clear through November 8, 2016.
In February of 2017 new spots appeared near Shannon's original tumor site. Shannon was scheduled for 3 more rounds of chemo. However, was only able to complete two of them because her white blood cell count did not recover after round two. On her MRI in July 2019 the spots were no longer visible. There was one place on the MRI that shows what the radiation oncologist is referring to as a flare. In January of this year it was determined that those flairs were most likely more tumor, so once again Shannon did another two rounds of chemotherapy. Her most recent MRI on September 22 showed that the area with the flare is now nearly indistinguisable. However, another area has been identified. Again, the course is to watch this very closely. Shannon will have another MRI in November. We are still hopeful that it too will disappear.
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.
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