Join us at the third annual Run of Hope, Sunday, September 25th, in Seattle's Seward Park.
The Run of Hope benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research through Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute.
This family event is made up of both individuals and teams running in support of a child they may know with brain cancer or in memory of a child who has passed away from the disease. I am involved with the Run of Hope to honor my son, Kyle Roger, who I lost to an inoperable brain tumor in 2009 when he was 8-years-old.
How can you help?
There are two ways you can help. The first is to join us at the event! Register today for team "OOO-UM-GOW-AH," a familiar chant for anyone who supported Kyle during his two-year battle with brain cancer. Registration is easy! Visit http://www.firstgiving.com/kyleroger, click the "TEAM" tab and then click "Get Started".
The second way to help is to make a donation! To donate go to http://www.firstgiving.com/kyleroger and click "DONATE".
Whether you join our team, join another team with which you find have a connection, sign up as an individual, or simply make a donation you are giving hope to children and families who may feel they have little else. I can't put a price tag on what that cancer has cost my family. No family who is affected by cancer can do that. But I can make a difference for families effected today and those who may be effected tomorrow by raising money for research - research that can change the outcome for another 8-year-old boy, another big brother, another mom, another family. It takes less than 5 minutes and no amount is too small.
Whether you join our team or make a donation you’ll give hope to the more than 3500 children diagnosed with brain cancer each year. Thank you for helping me to honor Kyle - his infectious smile, his competitive spirit, and his love for life.
To join the team or make a donation click here!
Where Do the Donations Go?
Kyle's doctor, Jim Olson, and his colleagues at the Seattle Children's Research Institute are dedicated to accelerating the discovery of novel treatment for children with brain cancer. They hope to translate these findings into therapeutic protocols and finally replace a standard of care that hasn’t changed in the last 30 years.
The work being done with funds from last year is absolutely spectacular. Dr. Olson's lab made 24 new mouse models of pediatric brain cancer, using tumors derived directly from patients. With these models they can run "mini-clinical trials" to more rapidly learn what to take into human trials. We also share these mice with scientists all over the world with "no strings attached" making cutting edge research available in labs without the capability or resources to make these mice on their own.
Dr. Olson's research has also contributed to the development of Tumor Paint, a fluorescent paint made by the venom of a scorpion, which helps neurosurgeons discern where a tumor begins and where it ends. Being able to see a tumor that ordinarily looks like normal brain tissue enables surgeons to more precisely remove the entire tumor. Revolutionary discoveries like this are making a difference in the lives of children, but more research is needed!
Who is Kyle?
Click the link below to watch a video of Kyle's life...filled with smiles, laughter, adventure, and love.
Kyle Roger Memorial 2/16/2009 from Gil Lund on Vimeo.