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On June 11, 2009 I underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor that had been causing me to have dozens of seizures.
It was the scariest period of my life. After spending months living in constant fear of another seizure, unable to do the things I loved, I had surgery, and by a miracle of modern medicine, I have been blessed with a near completely healthy life since then.
I have all my physical and mental faculties. I can live life however I want. It’s truly remarkable. And having met people who have lost loved ones to brain tumors, and plenty more who deal with chronic conditions as a result of them, I feel a duty to contribute toward better care so more people can end up like me, unscathed by such a potentially deadly affliction.
In 2013, when I was a senior in high school, I founded a 5K for Brain Tumor Research event. It was a huge success, and has since become an annual event put on by my old school.
Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking at the event to talk about how important brain tumor research is.
The event is at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix AZ. For those of you in the area, it is a fantastic cause that contributes toward some of the world’s leading brain tumor research and treatment organizations. For those not in the area, you can go to ssbtr.org if you want to contribute. 🙏🏻💪🏻❤️