Harmonious Participation

I follow several brain tumor blogs and personally know a few people who are either themselves or have a loved one living with a brain tumor and what is apparent is that my case is unusual and I’m damn lucky! After two years of focusing inward, processing my anger, my fear, my self-pity, and finding my faith, gratitude, and courage, I find myself poised to look outward. I have often heard that “gratitude is an action” and that “faith without works is dead.” It is time for me to put my faith and gratitude into action in the larger community of those living with, dying from, and researching for cures of brain tumors.

That has been my intention for a couple of months, but as with most action, the question has been how to take the first meaningful step. Fortunately, a fundraiser for the American Brain Tumor Association popped up on my FaceBook news feed, giving me a simple and practical first step (literally…), right in my own back yard. The following is their mission statement, taken from their website, http://www.abta.org

The mission of the American Brain Tumor Association is to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.

We do this through interactions and engagements with brain tumor patients and their families, collaborations with allied groups and organizations, and the funding of brain tumor research.

Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was the first and is the only national advocacy organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing information and education on all tumor types and all age groups. For over 40 years, the ABTA has been providing comprehensive resources that support the complex needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers, as well as the critical funding of research in the pursuit of breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care.

The Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K is put on by the ABTA in 9 cities in the U.S. to raise funds to research for cures of 120 types (!!) of brain tumors. I am joining the walk (there’s also a run for those WAY more fit than I) in Denver on May 6th as a small part of a large community of those affected by brain tumors. In addition to the obvious goal of raising funds, I look forward to connecting with a local community of people who have their own Bob stories; as well as finding other ways to participate in the community.

This is the part where I unabashedly ask for your money!  Please participate in helping all of us who rely on further research for effective treatments for brain tumors. You can join my team, BT Warriors, even as a “virtual walker” or donate (tax deductible, yay!) by clicking on this link:


Thank you thank you thank you…. You’re friggin’ awesome!

Dawn (& my beloved Bob)

4 thoughts on “Harmonious Participation”

  1. AWESOME DAWN – how fabulous that this is going on in your own backyard. What a great chance for you (and Chewie) to connect with other people that are living with a Bob – or Tom, or Andy, or Bill – and to support this vital research. Wish I had more to give. xxx


  2. Found your post in inspire.com and followed the discussion…was wondering how you were, so I checked out your blog. So happy to know you’re doing great!
    My brother was diagnosed with a mass on his brain stem, so I’m inthe early stages of doing research. It is helpful to read others’ experiences. Thank you for posting and creating this blog. Best wishes.


    1. Hi Chris,
      Thank you for commenting. I don’t even remember posting on inspire.com, but I am glad that it led you to my blog. I am sorry to hear that your brother has been diagnosed with a mass on his brainstem. I know too well how frightening that can be. The neurosurgeon that I was referred to for a biopsy convinced me to wait and see as he has followed several brain tumor patients where the tumor doesn’t grow for years or decades. It is a very strange thing to make peace with! I know that I am very fortunate to be doing so well, and I wish the same for your brother!
      Please keep in touch and let me know how he is doing, if you would like. I’ll keep him in my prayers.


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