My family and I hosted the first ABTA event in LA in 2011 after I lost my Dad, Eric Perry, to brain cancer. We hosted that first event at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens which was one of my Dad's favorite places and so seemed like an appropriate location to hold an event in his honor. That first year was mostly friends and family. We raised $4,095.00 and were very happy and proud to have done so! Over the next few years the event continued to grow and soon grew beyond what the Arboretum (and my family) could support so we handed over leadership of the event to the ABTA and moved locations to the Fairplex where it is currently held. Since 2011, we have raised over $480,000!
Families afflicted with a brain tumor diagnosis can sometimes feel helpless. It can come quickly and we fight but it's a strong enemy. We started this event as a way for families to fight back - and this is something I still hold today. I continue to participate in this event, six years after the passing of my Dad, in honor of those who are fighting today and in support of those who will continue to fight in the future. Hopefully the funds we raise help promote not only support services and advocacy but also research to help find a cure!