I will be running the Big Sur International Marathon in April 2020 in memory of my father who passed away from brain cancer at the young age of 48.
I was 9 years old when my dad started to forget what he was going to do, he wasn't able to come up with words he wanted to say and would get frustrated easily. He was not quite himself and my mom recognized that and quickly made the decision to take him to our family physician, who knew right away that something was not right. That same day, the physician ordered various types of tests for my dad. Shortly after, my mom got the results, she was informed that my dad needed to get to surgery right away. My dad had a large, fast growing tumor that covered a good portion of his left frontal lobe and time was of the essence.
From a basic check up with the family physician one day to major brain surgery the next day. My dad was given about a year. Our lives changed over night. My family continued to believe and pray that he would get better. Many bouts of radiation and chemotherapy filled our weeks. My dad’s health continued to decline; the bad days outnumbered the good days. He would get angry and frustrated. After some time, he stopped talking – not sure if it was due to the Cancer or that he was just too frustrated that his words didn’t come out as he wanted. Almost exactly a year went by, my mom was not longer able to care for my dad at home. He ended up back in the hospital for his final days.
My dad loved, hugged and joked with us until he couldn't fight any longer. There will forever be a piece of my heart missing, a hole that could never be filled. He was an amazing human being.
But I am excited to share that I found a charity that I am partnering with on my run. The Allyson Whitney Foundation shines a light on the underserved demographic of young adults with rare cancers, such as brain cancer.
Although my dad lost his battle with cancer, I want to honor his memory and help those fighting cancer and the loved ones supporting them in their fight. I have set a fundraising goal of $1200 for my Big Sur Marathon but will do everything that I can to break that goal.
Any donation you can make to my cause will be genuinely appreciated. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.