BENEFITING: National Brain Tumor Society, Inc.
ORGANIZER: National Brain Tumor Society, Inc.
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Mileage Tracker: 134
Thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising page. I will be running the Boston Marathon on April 17th 2017 for my mother, Elsie Carome, and the National Brain Tumor Society. Some of you may already know parts of this story, but I think it is important to share why I am running Boston:
The weekend before I moved into Boston College for my junior year, my mom and I drove up from Washington DC to Wellfleet Cape Cod, a special small town we have gone to almost every summer since before I can remember. As we drove down route 6A with the windows down in the dark, my mom expressed that she smelled something odd and began feeling nauseous. I didn’t smell anything. We arrived at the Eventide Motel around 11pm and my mom quickly went to bed. For whatever reason, I found myself entirely incapable of sleep after 9 hours of driving. Something seemed off beyond her feeling nauseous. She didn’t seem herself mentally. Maybe she was just tired, but I found myself repeatedly looking over from my bed to check if she was breathing.
At 1:21am she had a grand mal seizure. I was still awake. A minute later she was motionless and unresponsive to my yelling. She was taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. Uncertainty and fear mounted as I made the 45-minute drive behind the ambulance.
An MRI revealed that Mom had a brain tumor in her left temporal lobe. Pathology diagnosed the tumor as "Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Stage IV". Currently, there is no cure for GBM. Her tumor was maximally resected (removed) on September 8, 2015 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC. She underwent radiation and chemotherapy for 6 weeks. We were all joyous after she finished an additional twelve cycles of chemotherapy on December 5, 2016.
She has been under the relentless and amazing care of physicians and nurses at Georgetown University Hospital.
Her sister, Caroline Kermath, has gone above and beyond to care for my mom and has been with her every step of the way since her diagnosis.
My mom, Elsie Orr Carome, was already the most inspiring person in my life and she continues to be the most steadfast person I know. She has shown me what it means to be committed to something, to be passionate. She has pushed me to do everything I’ve ever wanted to do and stopped at nothing to make it possible for me to achieve my goals. She is my motivation. She has gone through more than I could imagine in the last ten years and continues to show me that you can still be happy. She taught me compassion and how to selflessly love everyone and everything around you.
She is a warrior.
I have wanted to run Boston since my freshman year at BC, but I didn’t have any specific connections to charities that would inspire me and motivate me through this journey. Now I am fueled by more motivation than ever.
I want to give back to the woman that has given me everything and raise awareness and money for such an amazing and important cause.
The National Brain Tumor Society (braintumor.org) is committed to finding a cure for diseases, like my mom’s, that do not currently have one. More than 700,000 Americans are living with brain tumors. MY $8000 FUNDRAISING MINIMUM WILL PAY FOR OVER 400 HOURS OF BRAIN TUMOR RESEARCH. No donation is too small. Every dollar counts; in fact, each dollar pays for 3 valuable minutes of brain tumor research.
I have already begun my marathon training following the Boston Marathon Level 4 Training Plan (http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/boston-marathon-training-plan/level-four.aspx) and would be happy to have people join me on any and all of these runs. You can track my progress through my run log on Under Armour Map My Run Website And App: (http://www.mapmyrun.com/profile/101672185). I will also send out a weekly email for those who donate or who are interested (firstname.lastname@example.org) packed with breathtaking* photos, training updates, an inspirational quote or two, and maybe a joke that I think is funny. I implore you to join me on this journey and take this opportunity to donate and have a direct impact in finding a cure.
*breathtaking is a personal opinion