I Meet Hope Head On by advocating for more research breakthroughs and medical innovations that helped my dad survive 40 years with a pituitary brain tumor and a rare disease called Acromegaly, which affects production in the pituitary gland.
My dad was aptly nicknamed “Big Jimmy!” While I only could spend 26 years of my life with him before his passing in 2021, I will cherish every moment and the bounty of wisdom he passed onto me.
Despite having 18 major operations in his life, including two open-heart surgeries and much worse, he remained steadfast in his determination to work hard and support his family. Many have rightly dubbed him “Superman!” My dad’s courage, selflessness and optimism in life led him through a battle that no one should experience. Yet, innovations in brain tumor care helped him survive longer than many with his disease. This is hope to me.
While I couldn’t save my dad, I am privileged to do meaningful work at the ABTA, supporting its invaluable programs and resources, as well as telling the stories of patients, caregivers, and survivors who inspire us every day. Akin to my dad’s legacy of never giving up, we will not stop Meeting Hope Head On until there’s a cure.