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On January 15, 2017, I will be running the Rock n Roll half marathon in Phoenix, AZ in honor of my mom. I will be running in honor of my best friend and the strength of our family. As most of you know, on February 15, 2014 my mom underwent brain surgery to remove a brain tumor. It was a grade 2 meningioma and it was the size of a golf ball. Throughout this process, she underwent an 8 hour surgery, radiation, and trying to get back to "normal" life. A year almost to the day of her first surgery, she underwent a second surgery. The surgeons believed that there was regrowth of the tumor and that it would be best to go back in to remove it. Thankfully, it ended up just being scar tissue but to this day, she receives MRI's every 3 months to check the progress of the area. Every 3 months, we get better and better news. After 2 brain surgeries, there were seizures associated with her day to day life. She is currently on seizure medications daily to make sure they don't return as great as they once were. Most people do not realize that the "getting back to normal" process takes years. 


I am running in honor of brain tumor awareness and my hope is to raise money for families who are going through exactly what our family went through. What most do not realize is that the time it takes to recover and hopefully get back to yourself pre-tumor is a LONG road. It is not overnight. It is a journey for sure. With this money, I am hoping to help families in the long haul. People who may not be able to afford bills because their main objective is to get healthy. 


My mom is the rock of our family. I never truly knew strong, until I saw my mom going through these surgeries and SHE was the one calming us down, telling us she was going to be fine. My mom is forever my best friend and the absolute best woman I know. My hope is that one day, I will show my daughter the exact strength my mom has shown me.


I love you Mom and this half marathon is for YOU and every other individual who is the fighting the fight like you!! 



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