Our son, Michael

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November 3, 2016 - Racine, Wisconsin

Michael was diagnosed on November 5, 2013 with an anaplastic astrocytoma, stage 3. He underwent surgery and received 8 weeks of radiation and a year of chemotherapy. He was back at work in 6 weeks and worked through radiation and chemotherapy treatments. The tumor returned in early February, 2016 as a glioblastoma multiforme, stage 4. He again had surgery, radiation and started chemotherapy treatments. He looked forward to returning to work, but in April his bone flap became infected resulting in additonal surgery. On July 4th he enjoyed tubing with his niece and nephew. On October 8, 2016 Michael lost his courageous battle. He was 32 years old. Despite the odds, Michael was always upbeat. He never complained or asked, why me. He trusted his doctors and always looked forward to tomorrow. Indeed his surgeries and treatments bought him precious time and afforded him a good quality of life for much of his 3 year battle. Unfortunately, the form of brain tumor that took Michael is treatable, but not curable. We firmly believe research is the key that will one day bring a cure and prevent other patients and their families from having to live this one-way journey. Much more needs to be done at the federal, state and local levels to increase funding for brain tumor research. We owe it to Michael and all those still battling and struggling with this disease.