O'Dea's Astro Fighters
In June 2016 ‘findings’ were discovered via brain MRI’s for Team Captain Russell O’Dea. After consultation and surgery (craniotomy) on August 10th the pathology reports revealed the finding to be a maglignant Grade II Diffuse Astrocytoma by the performing neurosurgeon. The resection surgery was successful and quarterly brain MRI’s continue for monitoring.
In July 2008 with no warning family member, Rob Karcher suffered seizures which ultimately were the result of a brain tumor, Glioblastoma Multiforme (Grade IV astrocytoma), the most aggressive cancer originating in the brain. Although the most dangerous type of brain tumor Rob was a fighter and battled through three craniotomies and survived for two more years, twice the median length of the survival time of those with the same diagnosis. Rob passed away on July 22, 2010. Rob is survived by his wife Missy and three sons Zach, Nathan and Alex.
Team O’Dea’s Astro Fighters is established to raise awareness, in remembrance of those lost and to assist the National Brain Tumor Society in raising funds for research and to make a difference in finding a cure in the fight against brain tumors.
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