My husband, Coleman, and I are participating in the National Brain Tumor Society's (NTBS) Fort Worth Brain Tumor Walk (virtual this year) to support the fight against brain tumors. NBTS works to develop better treatments, and ultimately find a cure for brain tumors, which is something that is incredibly important to us. We are asking you to fight alongside us by making a donation to our team.
As many of you know, this cause is near and dear to my family's heart. Coleman has been winning the battle against an anaplastic astrocytoma - an aggressive Grade III primary brain tumor - since it was discovered in late 2013. Over the past seven years, Coleman gone through two successful brain surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, various testing, and by my count, 33 MRIs to date. Our trips to MD Anderson in Houston have spread out to just twice a year as he keeps beating the odds and continues to get good reports. Our lives have gotten back to normal for the most part, and these days we are just making the most of it!
There are a variety of types of brain tumors. As we have seen first hand, brain tumors do not discriminate by wealth, race, religion, gender, or age, and they are far more common than you would ever imagine.
Angela Cash, my cousin and valued member of them team, has had two surgeries to remove a pituitary tumor and is currently monitoring a third recurrence as they evaluate a treatment plan. Pituitary tumors can affect the production of hormones, which regulate important functions of the body. In her case, she developed Cushing's Disease, which causes her body to make too much cortisol/ACTH, resulting in a variety of symptoms. Despite having to deal with constant headaches, this tough lady has never slowed down. She is a supermom to two active boys and whose job takes her around the world. In her words, "I'm just a mom, going through life, making the best of the situations given to us, and grateful for it all."
Your support would mean so very much to Team Schoessow!
Our goal is not only to raise awareness around the critical issues facing brain tumor patients and their loved ones, but to raise valuable funds that will move us closer to a CURE. Since 2014, Team Schoessow's amazing network of family and friends has so far raised over $17,000! The money not only goes to help my family, but so many others in our situation as well. With your support, we can continue to help NBTS fund patient-centered research, advocate for public policy change, and improve the lives of brain tumor patients and their care partners.
There have been revolutionary advancements in medical technology in this field over the past several years such as immunotherapy, in which they essentially train a person's immune system to fight specific cancer cells. There is so much more that needs to be done. Through our experience and intense study of this issue, we know that finding a cure is a real possibility. And, if they can develop a cure for brain tumors, just imagine the possibilities with other types of cancers, such as breast and lung cancers, that commonly metastasize into the brain.
Please support our efforts and consider making a donation to this important cause.
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.