2018 Florida Brain Cancer 5K

Team Andy
Team Andy

Andy's Army

 

Welcome to our team's fundraising page! We have joined together this year to raise funds to benefit cutting-edge brain cancer research through ABC2 (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure). ABC2 has funded over $1,000,000 in Florida-based brain cancer research thanks to participant fundraising and I hope to add to that impressive total. Every dollar raised gets researchers closer to new treatments and breakthroughs.

Each of us has our own personal reason for participating and we invite you to get to know our team members by clicking on the names below.

To join us in our efforts and become a member of the team, click the "Join" link below or the "Join" button on the right side of the page.

If you are not able to join us for the event, but would still like to support our team with a donation, simply click on the "Donate" button directly to the right.  

Thanks in advance for your support! Together, we are walking and running to cure brain cancer! 

I stumbled upon this important fundraiser after talking to some amazing doctors who truly care about finding a cure for brain cancer. I also have recently found a passion for running. With each run I've always said, “Let my strength match my dad’s and I give this run up to stregthen and empower him". So with that said I knew I had to be part of this. I want to bring honor, strength and support to someone who has inspired me my whole life, someone who is worthy of a cure.

My father Andy Daigle was diagnosed with a GBM on June 8, 2015 and has been fighting to beat this deadly disease since then. We've had lots of ups and downs and its remained the hardest battle he has ever fought. My father is strong, kind, and all around the most amazing father and man I have ever known! He loves his life, his wife, his two girls, his son-in-laws and of course his two grandsons (he may or may not have claimed to love those little boys more then his kids, however, we won’t hold that against him, who doesnt want to be a grandpa?!?!)

Dad had a resection 9 days after his diagnosis. It was considered a with a complete resection. His treatment proceeded with monthly oral chemo, and eventual use of an Optune device. In May 2017, his tumor came back. We were devistated. This man, the humble head of our family, was in for another fight. For the first two years, we were in the care of the neuro-oncology team at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. They were truly most amazing, kindhearted team of people we have ever met. After the reoccurrence, we transferred to Dana Farber (also in Boston) where we attempted two trials clinical trials. Unfortunately, neither worked of these trials yielded the results we were praying for. After several months of looking for a cure through trials, we have moved on to treatment with Avastin at closer treatment facility. You see, my Mom and Dad have been driving and flying from Northern Maine to Boston for over 2 years now. While Dad may be tired, he hasn't given up. I can’t think of a better way to support him then to fight to find a cure. No family should have to hear the words "It’s a glioblastoma", let alone have no curable options. Time is never on our side when we hear the words brain cancer, and it’s a lonely fight. The people who have gone before us as well as the ones to follow us fight hard, and we want to fight along side of them, to find a cure. While these words do not give justice to the arduous journey we are on, I hope you will find it in you hearts to donate, join us in the walk, or simply pray for the fighters like Dad!

Thank You,

Kylie

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