Run for Gus 2017

Rubin's Runners

Run Info:

On July 27, 2017, we will participate in the Young Associates Board’s (YAB) 15th annual Run for Gus 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, which raises funds to advance research and support services at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for patients with brain tumors.

My Story:

About a year ago, I joined the board of this awesome charity. Many of you don't know, but this is a mission that accidentally became very close to me.

Summer after my junior year, I had a few weeks around home in Palo Alto before I started an internship. My friend was doing psychology research at Stanford, and suggested that I participate in her study, and a list of others for like $20/hour. It was an awesome experience -- I did a few, including one that put me in a modified MRI machine where I could see a screen and speak with a researcher while they studied neurological patterns. For that one, I got 60 bucks and sweet image of my brain.

Around 5 months later, I got a call from Dr. Anthony Wagner, the lead PhD from that study. He told me that he noticed an "abnormality" on my scans, and that I might want to get a follow up MRI. Technically, he noticed "a focal 1.2-cm iso-signal intensity lesion in the right ventricular trigone ependyma, involving the right splenium of the corpus callosum and right posterior centrum semiovale" but on my medical records it reads "brain tumor." (see image)

It's an interesting debate in the medical community -- to inform a random research participant of an anomaly, or not. Nevertheless, he persisted, and I have become quite familiar with MRI's. I haven't had a biopsy so it's impossible to say what I have for sure, but thankfully it has not grown or been aggressive.

I am lucky. I have to get annual brain scans, but that is nothing compared to what the children at Lurie's Hospital are bravely enduring. Our org has raised over $1.5 million to help fund innovative treatments, but we need much more to continue advanced research and explore groundbreaking medications.

Ways you can help:

Donate to my team, or run in our 5k (Thursday, July 27th)!

Share! If you or some friends are into running, come run! If you can share with people who are into donating to great causes, share as well!

Raffle Prizes! If you work somewhere cool or have something fun to donate to our raffle, we'll take it! (ex. someone who works at Pandora is donating a bunch of music themed items)

Thank you all, please let me know if you have any questions!!

Rubin's Runners Raised
$200 Milestone Personal Gift Zachary Rubin $220.00
$100 Milestone Personal Gift Kaleigh Kamphuis $160.00
$50 Milestone Personal Gift Jennifer Simac $65.00
Team Gifts $2,089.00
Denotes a Team Captain