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DEDICATED TO MY INCREDIBLE BROTHER, CHRIS BARTHOLOMEW. Prince Christian, you are the bearded face of inspiration. I promise to dedicate my life to this cause in your honor. We will never give up! Thank you for being the best big brother in the world. You are pure love and I will always carry that love with me. I'll pass it around, or spill it everywhere most likely ;) I LOVE YOU BRO! Peace, love, and SMILES forever. -Your Squirming Kel
I am passionate about this cause because my brother, Chris, was diagnosed with an inoperable astrocytoma in 2010. There are not words to describe that moment of devastation when you hear the word ‘tumor’ or ‘cancer’ that has become far too familiar in many people’s lives. Suddenly, everything is a blur of doctors, appointments, therapy, treatments, trials, lasers, hair loss, puzzles, mazes, and medicine. Leave it to Chris to simply strap on his boots tighter and buckle up for the next obstacle life throws his way. “Bring it on,” says Chris, “as long as I’m still breathin’, I ain’t dyin’!(Those of you that don’t know my brother will have to imagine his sweet, southern, mountain man voice). Where there is life, there is hope!”
Even at his lowest moments, my brother kept smiling determined to never give up Hope. He is such an inspiration and I look to him for strength, guidance, laughter, love, and motivation in all aspects of life. It is my greatest wish to spread Chris’ never-ending positive energy and give those that need a glimpse of light, hope through further brain tumor research. The doctors at Wake Forest were able to provide my brother with the utmost care because of research provided through events such as this one.
When I watched my brother cross that finish line our very first Race for Hope… it was amazing. He walked the whole way, slowly but surely, with quiet determination. It was really tough for him. I ran back, along with many of my teammates, to finish the race by his side. I don’t think my smile has ever been quite as large as we finished the race, arm in arm. They announced Chris’ name, a survivor!, as he walked by. I decorated Chris’ shirt with one of our favorite song lyrics, Run Like An Antelope-Phish, that has always kept us truckin’ through life. The announcer read the lyric off his shirt as he spoke to Chris saying, “Set the gear shift for the high gear of your soul. You’ve got to run like an antelope, out of control.” Then, he asked Chris if he ran today. My brother’s response could not have been more perfect. He said, “Well, I wasn't able to actually run......I walked, but in my heart....I was running.”
Thank you all for your donations. It truly changes lives.
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I am uniting with others to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. I am passionate about this cause, so I’m taking action and need your help. The National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure are making strides for a cure - but more needs to be done. Please join in my effort!
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