Volunteering with the ABTA helps me do everything in my power to help keep my loved one diagnosed with a brain tumor around for as long as possible.
When Frank was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I felt so helpless – not to mention fearful, anxious and angry. I’m a problem solver by nature, but this was something I couldn’t fix. The need to “do something” was overwhelming. I spent a small amount of time at the gym every day to help channel my feelings. I started slow and gradually increased my running distance. Somewhere along the line, I started to call myself a “runner.” I eventually wanted to do a marathon.
That’s where the ABTA’s Team Breakthrough came in. Suddenly two major parts of my life converged - supporting the brain tumor cause and my athletic aspirations. Fast or slow, a mile is still a mile, and an incredible opportunity to raise funds and awareness of brain tumors. I ran for Team Breakthrough at the Chicago Half Marathon and found this team helped me run farther and faster, because I knew that the dollars I raised will fund critical research.
ABTA is filled with a fantastic group of volunteers from all across the country. Volunteering was already very personal to me, but knowing all of these people with whom I share this “brain tumor” experience inspires me to work even harder. They have their own stories, but are united to form a strong community. It is an honor and a privilege to be counted amongst this group.