In September of 2007, after months of headaches increasing in both frequency and severity, I was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer for adults. A few days later I had brain surgery and spent a few sleepless nights in the hospital thinking long and hard, going places I never had before, about life and mortality – every thought wrapped around cancer, and how it affects so many.
I had a very successful surgery, 6 weeks of hi-dosage radiation, then months of positive test results. In the Spring of 2009, I feared that some pain in my hip might have been cancer-related. Tests confirmed that my cancer had metastasized to my hip and I’ve been in various phases of radiation and chemo since.
I had been very vocal about starting a charity to support brain cancer research since my first days in the hospital. A friend mentioned to me that he already knew of a great organization called Voices Against Brain Cancer. I met Mario, he was already doing everything I wanted to do, so I got involved and now I’m very proud to be a part of an organization that does so much for the brain cancer community.
Brain Cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, yet the disease doesn’t get the attention or funding that other cancers receive. VABC works to rectify that. Our primary objective is to find a cure for this horrible disease, and everything we do is a mean towards that end.