Our beloved Erica B. Villanueva, sister, daughter, and friend graduated to heavens doors 17 years ago at the age of 22. This will be our 7th time walking in honor of Erica, in hopes of raising money for the National Brain Tumor Society.
Erica was first diagnosed at the age of 4 with a Medulloblastoma and was in remission for 9 ½ years until her tumor returned in 1993. Unlike the first surgery, Erica did not recover as quickly and went into a coma for roughly 8months with an active brain but was not able to move or talk. Through the grace of God Erica came out of a coma and a year later was recovering back to her normal self, but this time with an added accessory- a wheelchair. Erica was determined to get her normal life back and began physical therapy and occupational therapy as soon as she could. After three years of therapy Erica got out of her wheelchair and into a walker. In 1999 she graduated high school, managed to be prom queen 3x, and started working for Hudson Enterprises Community Services. In 2000, Erica turned 21 and as any other young adult she was excited. Unfortunately her 21st year involved ovarian cancer and the return of her third brain tumor. Throughout that year her spirit never wilted, she continued to live and love as best as she could. In 2001, she was given the challenge of a fourth tumor but this time on her brain stem.
On November 9, 2001 Erica received her wings and went with the Lord. 18 years she battled and for 18 years she was a ruthless badass that never showed her pain. This walk is in honor of her kickass spirit. Please join us in honoring Erica while raising awareness and financial support for such a deadly disease.
I am uniting with others to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. I am passionate about this cause, so I am taking action. I need your help in this fight. National Brain Tumor Society will not rest until a cure exists - but more needs to be done. Please join in my effort!
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.