As a University of Michigan fan and student, I have been made aware of the devastating form of brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) through the story of Chad Carr's diagnosis and death. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to work as a social work intern at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and have seen the devastation of pediatric brain cancer and DIPG firsthand.
Children are typically diagosed with DIPG between 5-7 years old. There are over 300 cases of DIPG diagnosed annually in North America and Europe, with the median survival rate being only 9 months. The long term survival rate is less than 1%.
In May, I will be running my first full marathon and hope to dedicate the months I will spend training and the 26.2 miles I will run on race day to the ChadTough Foundation. My goal is to raise $700 for the 700+ cases of pediatric brain cancer that are diagnosed annually.
Any size donation helps!
The ChadTough Foundation's mission is to fund research and raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer, with an emphasis on DIPG.
For more information, please visit http://www.chadtough.org/