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It’s 21 days until the 25th Anniversary of the Race for Hope-DC. Your donations will help the Race for Hope community raise much needed funds to further our shared mission of curing brain tumors -- once and for all. Together we can make an impact in the fight against brain tumors.  Thank you!

I have registered to fundraise for the National Brain Tumor Society's (NBTS) Race for Hope-DC because I am passionate about the NBTS mission to conquer and cure brain tumors — once and for all.  NBTS needs your support. Supporting this mission is more critical than ever. No donation is too small. With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of those living with a brain tumor. Thank you for your support and please consider tuning in as we honor this community on May 1st.
For more information on the National Brain Tumor Society, visit www.braintumor.org.

On Sunday, May 1, 2022, I will once again, be participating in the Race for Hope – DC. The Race for Hope-DC brings together the brain cancer community to raise awareness and funds to support the needs of brain tumor patients and their families. This event, unites the brain tumor community– including patients, donors, families, businesses and friends – to support and honor those affected by the more than 120 types of brain tumors, and to rally for better treatments and ultimately a cure. I will be walking with family and friends in remembrance of my son-law, Mark Cunningham who lost his 7-year battle with Glioblastoma on November 14, 2019 at the age of 35. Mark endured the standard medical treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and infusions) as well as clinical trials. Even with these aggressive treatment and clinical trials, we only got 7 years—not nearly enough. Mark was inspired to support fund raising for brain cancer research. He participated in the Race for Hope-DC event in 2018 and 2019.

Mark’s courageous fight lasted years longer than doctors predicted. Mark’s diagnosis inspired my daughter Stephanie Ankiel West to establish the B.R.A.I.N (Bringing Resources and Information Now) Cancer Foundation of the Treasure Coast (Florida). The Foundation continues to provide hope, support, resources and advocate for local answers regarding the alarming number of reported brain cancer diagnoses in our community of St Lucie County, FL. Glioblastoma is considered a rare and deadly form of brain cancer. However, dozens of people have been diagnosed within St Lucie County in recent years. Many of them young adults.

Mark fought brain cancer with courage and determination. He never gave up hope. People diagnosed with glioblastoma have a 5% chance of living more than 5 years. In the last 40 years, there have been only 3 approved drug therapies for brain tumors, and only one device approved by the FDA. But increased funding raised through events such as Race for Hope-DC and new research initiatives are beginning to create new momentum toward an array of treatments that could extend lifespans and make brain tumors a more manageable disease.

In addition to walking in remembrance of Mark, I will also walk to pay tribute to others who lost their battle to a brain tumor—including Marcia Van Arman and her brother Michael Pearce, Kevin Perry, Kyle Vericella , Jim DeAngelis, Lenny Schelin, Jr., Gene Krueger, and Clara Macias. They are all missed terribly by family and friends.

The event is also a time to honor those who so courageously continue to fight their battle with brain tumors including Daniel Voz, Lauren Shoemake, and Michael DiSalvo.

Please join in my effort to help us find a cure for this dreadful disease. All donation are appreciated and will go a long way to help us find a cure for brain tumors! Every dollar helps!

Thank you for your support!
Alice Hughes Blanco