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Race for Hope Philadelphia

Team Kar Kar

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. 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!                                   
Karen was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a rare brain cancer, at the young age of 46. Karen is a beautiful mother to her two daughters Bridget Achey and Alexis Hinkle. She is also a wonderful grandmother to her grandson Brayden Patrick Zippel and soon to be grandmother of Isabella Hope Sanford. Karen is a loved member of the community, who has inspired many people through her incredible outreach as a school bus driver and an advocate for addiction and mental illness. Karen had to miss her grandson Brayden's first birthday because she was having her first major brain surgery at Penn Medicine, with the amazing care of surgeon Dr. Steven Brem and Oncologist Dr. Arati Desai. She was given 6 months to live and only a portion of the brain tumor could be removed, otherwise she would not be able to function and live a normal life. The tumor is in the emotional center of her brain, which not only effects the entire right side of her body, but also her battle with rapid cycling bipolar. After the challenge of her first surgery the tumor quickly grew back within six months. In March of 2017, Karen married the love of her life, Tim Hinkle, after 21 years. A few short weeks later she endured her second major brain surgery, again at Penn Medicine with her outstanding team of doctors and the help of John Hopkins newest treatment. Now, one year later her tumor has been stable. While some may look at this diagnosis as a death sentence, Karen views it as a blessing for her mission to raise awareness and find the cure to this rare cancer. Living in the small town of Westampton, New Jersey Karen does not have the means or resources to raise the full awareness that this cancer deserves. That is why I am coming to you. Please help Karen fulfill her life's mission to bring this cancer to light and help others that may be feeling that cancer is a death sentence. Karen's positivity in dark times is uplifting to anyone struggling, which is why her story needs to be heard. Please join us in the fight and walk with Team Kar Kar in this race against Brain Cancer. If you cannot join us please feel free to donate anything your heart desires, as every bit of support helps fight for this cause.

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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.

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