This will be my 7th year participating in this Race, I get more excited every year!
8 years ago, in March 2012, I was told that I had a mass on my brain that was the cause of my white out headaches and nausea, and it needed to be removed. It was growing and my symptoms were getting worse. On May 2, 2012 I had a successful craniotomy performed by Dr. Olivi at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. From that point, life would get better each day. I consider myself LUCKY, my tumor was not cancerous. Although a 'Hemangioblastoma' sounds scary, it was completely removed and has not returned. I was out of work and off 'Mom-Duty' for 8 weeks. My 1 and a half year old Son had no idea why Mommy was in the hospital or why I couldn't lift him when I got home. He knows now. He understands now. My compassionate little 9 year old has also walked in this race with me, which is where I came up with the name MOMMY MASSKICKER.
A couple years, he "walked" in the wagon labeled "My Mom Kicks Mass!" But now he is old enough and willing to walk the entire 5k
Every year, it seems, I have more reasons (people) to celebrate at the Race for Hope Walk in DC. Not everyone survives a braintumor, not everyone is lucky enough to have a non-cancerous tumor, and not everyone is able to get their tumor removed entirely. These aren't the pretty facts, just the hard truth.
I enjoy the Race for Hope Walk. I love seeing all of the survivors come together. I love looking at the Wall of Hope with personal stories and photos. People walking in celebration and in honor of loved ones.
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JOIN ME in celebrating my 8th Cranniversary,
on May 2nd, 2020!
By either donating, sharing, or walking with me!
The Race for Hope - DC presented by Cushman & Wakefield raises funds to support innovative research initiatives and provide information for brain tumor patients and their families. This amazing event relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of individuals, families, teams, volunteers, sponsors and donors. Thank you for your support in helping us find a cure for brain tumors!