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The time is again fast approaching when I begin my lagging and minimal preparation in advance of forcing myself to run at least 2.5km this Spring (the morning of June 11th, to be precise) to raise money for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
Before I get to the usual fundraising pitch, I want to first share a personal status update, as I feel it is appropriate and in the spirit of the brain tumour advocacy that is so important to inform others about this terrible illness.
In January of this year, I had an MRI that, for the first time since my 2013 surgery and treatments, showed a notable change. A very small change, but a change nonetheless. For the radiologist and my oncologist to confirm their initial beliefs that what they were seeing was a change resulting from my post-op radiation (or as my Doctor Cousin Sarah calls the "post-rads"), I had an earlier-than-usual follow-up scan on April 2nd. Last Wednesday, four years to the day of my surgery, I got the good news at the Cancer Centre that the change they saw has remained the same and they continue to believe that "post-rads" are beginning to present in the area where my tumour used to be. All in all, this came as a relief, as I had been more than a little bit anxious about knowing more about what was up.
Now - on to the real reason for e-mailing all of you! As the vast majority of you know, every Spring I participate in the Brain Tumour Walk (formerly the Spring Sprint) put on by the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. In advance of the Walk, I poke and prod anyone in shouting distance to donate what they can to this incredibly worthy cause.
Since I started fundraising back in 2012, I and my team have been able to raise well over $60,000 thanks to the amazing generosity of you all and many, many others. I will never be able to thank you all enough, as the cause is (obviously) of particular importance to me.
As you have heard me say before, brain tumours are an indiscriminate and life-changing cancer, no matter their size, location or type. I have been incredibly fortunate throughout my cancer journey to have done so well and had the steadfast support of family, countless friends, colleagues and bosses.
However, as always, I fundraise each year not for me, but for those who have not been so fortunate. Those who have survived and suffered through far worse than I ever have or will, the family members who have supported them, and the heath professionals, researchers and volunteers who work every day to help in whatever way they can. If the money I help to raise can ease one patient's suffering, fund a research grant into new treatments, or put a pediatric brain tumour survivor through a college or university program, then I will have felt like my own experience will have well worth whatever minor struggles I have been through.
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