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Here's our story: On September 15,1988 as Mark and I were preparing for our rehearsal dinner, we received news that our (Mark's) cousins would not be attending our wedding that weekend. Our infant cousin Peter had just been diagnosed with a brain tumor. I remember hanging up the phone and instantly switching gears - focussing my energy that week on cooking for the Hoovers because that was all I knew to do for them in that moment. Peter did not conquer his brain tumor.
In 1993 as we were preparing for the birth of our second child, my father in law (a pure gold-hearted human, the world's best grandpa ever) was having some weird seizure like symptoms. After convincing him to go to a Boston doctor (and finding him a cracker-jack team), he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma. His last day of treatment was the day our daughter was born. He was the first person to visit new baby Zoë as they were in the same hospital. Bumpa did not conquer his brain tumor.
Two years ago, While home socially distancing, the staff of the Wayland Public Schools was given the devastating news that our loved colleague, Mike O'Connor had just received the same diagnosis that my father in law received 28 years ago. Mike is that teacher who drives school culture. He is a man who brings humor, kindness and positive energy to any place he resides. He has harnessed that positive energy into a relentless fight against his cancer. Mike is also an avid cyclist so I thougth this was the best way to honor him and the fire in his fight.
The National Brain Tumor Society provides supports to families who are battling brain cancer as well as funding research that will lead to a cure. Every year, it is so inspiring to hear the progress that is being made with this research. Unfortunately, glioblastomas still can not be conquered, so our work is not done. In fact just this week Sara, one of the girls with whom I carpooled home from Winsor every day in 5th grade, passed away from a glioblastoma. The National Brain Tumor Society is an amazing organization that happens to be located in Newton MA. This year I will continue my fundraising efforts. Because of my own recent health limitations I will not be able to hop on a bike. I will, instead, volunteer the entire day at the event in whatever capacity I am most needed.
Please consider supporting my ”ride” or joining our team.
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