Welcome to my OTE 4 Brain Cancer Fundraising Page
For some people an impulse purchase might be a pack of gum at the super market checkout or a new pair of shoes at the mall. I am usually the latter, but in 2014 after seeing a random Facebook Ad, I made an impulse purchase in a plane ticket across the country and a date to face one of my biggest fears head on.
On Saturday, November 1, 2014, I faced my fear of heights and rappelled down the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego - the tallest building on the San Diego waterfront - as I raised awareness and funds to support San Diego-based brain cancer research.
You can check out footage from my 2015 rappel via my Go Pro helmet cam video here:
You can also see footage of my adventure as seen through my teammate Taylor's helmet cam:
In 2016, I hope to return to San Diego to once again tackle this challenge for the third time, I say "hope" because entry into this event is highly coveted, and in order to ensure that I am able to rappel on event day I have to hit my $2,000 fundraising commitment...so I need your help!
I will once again face my fear of heights head on by rappelling down 365 feet in loving memory of my son Kaiden who lost his battle with an aggressive, cancerous, brain tumor called Medullablatoma in 2004. He was only 16 months old. At the time of Kaiden’s diagnosis I was stunned to learn how few treatment options there were for young children with brain cancer. Most of the treatments that my son received were experimental or designed for adults and repurposed for use in children. I decided to take part in this event because it is raising critically needed funds for both pediatric and adult translational research to develop new innovative treatments and therapies for brain cancer. Thanks to your support, in 2014 and 2015 the Over The Edge for Brain Cancer event surpassed its fundraising goal and was able to fully fund new brain cancer treatment research studies.
I am dedicated to fight this deadly disease. There are almost 700,000 people living with brain tumors and about 80,000 more will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis this year. Despite the amount of brain tumors, and their devastating prognosis, there have only been four (4) FDA approved drugs to treat brain tumors in the past 30 years. More research is desperately needed.
In 2014, when I decided to sign up for this event I thought it would be great to have someone there to share the experience with -- but wondered who else was as passionate about brain cancer awareness and treatment to hop on a plane to rappel down the side of the skyscraper like I was planning to do. One name came to mind. Taylor. Taylor is one of my most fearless and well-traveled friends and it was no surprise that she jumped (pun intended) at the chance to Go Over the Edge for Brain Cancer with me. I met Taylor over a decade ago when we were both volunteering at Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and their families in Casco Maine. Since then we have become fast friends and she is always quick to support my many fundraising and awareness campaigns. Taylor is a passionate Red Sox fan and amazing advocate for childhood cancer awareness and especially pediatric brain cancer and I am thrilled to team up with Taylor for our second year of going Over The Edge for Brain Cancer.
How can you help?
Any amount that you could contribute to my efforts will be greatly appreciated! Every $5, $10, $20 or $365 makes a difference. The process is fast, easy, and secure and you will be supporting a great cause with your tax deductible donation!
If you can't make a donation at this time, please help me reach my goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter! Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page!
Finally, space is limited but if you are interested in joining Taylor and I for this event we invite you to join our team and travel with us to San Diego as we go Over the Edge for Brain Cancer!
Thanks so much for your generosity and wish me luck as I once again go Over the Edge for Brain Cancer on November 5, 2016!
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