2019 Florida Brain Cancer 5K

2016 Team Picture
2016 Team Picture

One More Shot, Gary!

January 2019

Hello & Happy New Year!

The technique, known as “awake craniotomy,” allows doctors to operate on delicate areas of the brain. On March 1, 2002, ironically 6 years to the day my father underwent an awake craniotomy at Massachusetts General Hospital, ER fans were all talking at the water cooler about the fate of Dr. Greene. A CNN article written on that day acknowledged that “Dr. Mark Morocco, writer and medical adviser for the show, wanted to give ER's millions of viewers a glimpse of what a brain tumor patient goes through.” Little did Dr. Morocco know he was going to give the Kornfeld-Halperin family an all too personal glimpse into the past. Still, it was that season that allowed me to truly understand what my father (and mother) experienced firsthand. As a sophomore in college, I stayed glued to my T.V. every Thursday night until the end of the season when Dr. Greene passed away. I was lucky in 2002 to have my father 6 years after his surgery. Now, 23 years later, I am still thankful Every. Single. Year. to celebrate another March 1st“Birthday” and take ONE MORE SHOT with my dad.

In the 1990s the awake craniotomy was apart of a clinical trial – now it is a procedure used often to grant some brain tumor patients a quality of life after surgery they would not have otherwise. All of the money we raise through ABC2 and the Florida Brain Cancer 5K goes directly to doctors who develop new drugs and procedures to cure brain tumor patients just like my dad. If you were ever interested in watching or reading about the awake craniotomy click on the links below – it truly is amazing that by joining our team we can provide other patients and families ONE MORE SHOT!

Thank you for supporting our family! Can’t wait to take ONE MORE SHOT with all of you as we cross the finish line!

WATCH: http://time.com/awake-brain-surgery/

READ: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/21/world/africa/south-africa-guitarist-brain-surgery.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

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