2019 Florida Brain Cancer 5K

Team Andy
Team Andy

Andy's Army

Welcome to my personal fundraising page! I am participating in the Florida Brain Cancer 5K 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.

If you are able to support me 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!

Well here we are year 2. This will mark the anniversary of one full year without my dad. These words never seem to get easier to write. When I found this site through the story you’ll soon read, I didn’t know that participating in this would mean I had to face it after dad would pass and he wouldn’t make it to the survivors stage like I thought. It had made only a few weeks when we hit the pavement for this 5k. Though the days don’t seem to get easier, And his absence is so painful, we can’t stop helping those who are in the fight. He was so proud we would use this to spread awareness, find new trials, give hope to others and someday find the cure. My dad was the most selfless person I knew and he would want us to keep his memory alive, and be part of the solution. He would want to see us all come together each year and fight for other families so...with a new baby on the way it’s time to fight Harder, to raise more money and to save all the lives who have been affected by this! I hope you will join me in celebrating, honoring and remembering mydads life, for the true hero is was.

I stumbled upon this important fundraiser after talking to some amazing doctors who truly care about finding a cure for brain cancer. I also had recently found a passion for running. With each run I'd 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 had been fighting to beat this deadly disease since then. We've had lots of ups and downs and its remained the hardest battle he had ever fought. My father is strong, kind, and all around the most amazing father and man I have ever known! He loved 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 (pepere?!?!)

Dad had a resection 9 days after his diagnosis. It was considered 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 had been driving and flying from Northern Maine to Boston for over 2 years now. While Dad may be tired, he hadn’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! May my dad proudly Rest In Peace and help us in our quest.

Thank You,

Kylie

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