Rappelling for Hector Ramos and brain cancer research!
In 2017, Hector Matias Ramos Carvajal was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the same cancer that Ted Kennedy, Beau Biden, and John McCain died of. They share not only this illness, but also what they achieved for the people. After studying medicine and marketing at Universidad Iberoamericana, Hector Ramos introduced into Mexico the Hakim valves for neurosurgical procedures and heart ventricular valves. He was integral in building a first factory in Mexico that produced pacemakers. He was one of the two most prominent heart transplant advocates in Mexico in the 1980s. Hector Ramos also has seven children, who devoted their lives to public good in military, Mexican government, and international economic development.
Last year, Hector Ramos underwent an 8-hour brain surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. Since then, he experienced the common symptoms of this disease, including seizures. He is currently in the hospital in Mexico City in critical and deteriorating condition. He can barely speak, but has awareness of his surroundings.
This illness knows no bounds. It does not discriminate. It affects people of any age, gender, nationality, economic status, and regardless of how well they took care of their health throughout their lives. Beau Biden was 46 when he died of GBM. McCain - 81. Hector Ramos is now 78. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, there were approximately 104,000 Americans living with glioblastomas in 2017. This is the highest number of malignant brain tumor cases, with 12,760 new cases predicted in 2018. The median survival is 14.6 months. The statistics is daunting and, according to the National Brain Tumor Society, only four drugs have been approved by the FDA since 1985 for treatment of brain cancers. The need for more research cannot be overstated.
I did not know of this illness until I started dating Erick Ramos, Hector Ramos's son. Erick spent 20 days last year with his father at the hospital while he was undergoing and recovering from surgery. Erick believes that he inherited a good part of his personality from his father - they are both strong-willed, charismatic, and adventurous.
So, I have committed to raise funds to benefit brain cancer research through Accellerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) by rappelling down the side of Hyatt Regency Crystal City on October 27! It is quite an exciting (the building is 220 feet and 18 floors!) and fitting way to honor Hector Ramos's life and contribute to the cause.
Thank you all in advance for your support and sharing this story! We hope that you contribute or join us in this cause. Let's gear up and get one thread of the rope closer to finding the cure!
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