Why we Race for HOPE
We raced our first year in an early and intense phase of treatment. The race gave us all something to look forward to and a reason to take daily walks in preparation. We benefited from the encouragement of our support system and the larger brain tumor community. Our team has returned over the years to raise awareness, honor those who are not with us, and express gratitude for survivorship and our support system. We’re so thankful that Ryan is here and so devastated that all teams can’t share that victory. The joy can’t be separated from the sorrow; they are intertwined. We remember the acute stress of diagnosis and treatment as well as the ongoing difficulty navigating the nuances of survivorship as our life has changed over time.
We race to raise awareness and fundraise for continued research. Nine years after Ryan’s diagnosis, advances in genetic testing allowed Ryan’s original tumor tissue to be re-examined and for us to learn more about the composition of his resected tumor. We race to improve outcomes for initial diagnoses, recurrences, and to benefit all impacted by brain tumors: patients, survivors, caregivers, family, and friends. For us, family now includes young boys for whom the race exemplifies the power of community for anyone met with the uncertainty of a brain tumor diagnosis.
TEAM KICK ASTROCYTOMA
Team Kick Astrocytoma is participating in the Race for Hope for the 12th time in 2022. Our team was formed in 2011 after Ryan was diagnosed with a gemistocytic astrocytoma on his right frontal lobe at the age of 26. Ryan's treatment course included multiple surgeries (several due to infection complications) and radiation with low dose chemotherapy followed by eleven monthly cycles of chemotherapy.
We are so grateful for your support of our family and for investing in the research that has lead to and will continue to enhance treatment for everyone affected by brain tumors.
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