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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. 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!
On Sunday May 15th, my family will be cycling 10 (for me with the kids in tow) and 25 miles in an effort to raise funding and awareness of brain tumors in the Boston Bike Ride for the National Brain Tumor Society. In October of 2014, 3 days after my father’s 56th birthday he was diagnosed with the most aggressive and common form of brain tumors, glioblastoma. After 10 months of fighting his toughest battle, he passed away on August 10th 2015. That same year my grandfather was diagnosed with glioblastoma and passed away in July of 2015. For the past 7 years I have ridden and with everyone’s help have raised over $78,000 for Brain Tumor Research. It has been an incredible few years growing our family, my daughter Vienna, 2.5 and my son Asher, 14 months (yes each month counts) and also emotionally challenging wondering how special it would have been to have my father around to be their grandfather. Not a day goes by where he is not in our thoughts, not a moment passes that I do not wish I could call him for advice or for a laugh! The event is something my family and I do to try and focus our pain into something positive. We enjoy coming together to help raise funds for those who need it, just like our father did. I am asking today for a donation in ANY amount to our team to help us raise the needed funds to ride. Even better if you want to join us in the ride!!
More on how we named Vienna as a testament here : Vienna. So many people have asked how we have named her and I feel I finally have the courage to share why online. When I was away at school coping with loss, stress, classes, trying to figure out life ect.. My dad would call me and tell me to put on the song Vienna- by Billy Joel. He would sing it with me and say “slow down you crazy child. You’re so ambitious for a juvenile ...Slow down.
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while. It's alright, you can afford to lose a day or two When will you realize... Vienna waits for you” we would talk and he would tell me to shut my cell phone off. Take a break from school work, working out, stressing and just breathe. Interestingly enough when he was diagnosed with brain cancer I think we all tried to slow down. To savor every moment we had left with him. I think we could all slow down more often. Breathe through the stressful times and soak in the good moments. We never know when a friend or loved one will be taken too soon from us. Every time I see Vienna and hold her I am at complete peace, she is my everything. She is my constant reminder to take a moment and breathe. I miss you dad. I hope you’re looking down on us proud that your memory and message lives on through Vienna.
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