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Hi Friends and Family, Thanks fo coming to my page! Here is a bit more about the Young Associate Board, the event, and why I'm involved.

Short version: Please support my charity by donating or participating in our 5k run around Lincoln Park in Chicago (+fun after party)!

Longer version: About 3 years ago, I joined the board of a non-profit with a mission to treat and cure pediatric brain tumors. 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 to the left: my brain!)

It's an interesting debate in the medical community -- to inform a random research participant of an anomaly, or not. Dr. Wagner let me know, and I have since 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 medication.

Ways you can help:

Donate to my team, or run in our 5k (Thursday, July 25th)! Anything helps!

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!




Here's more about the event and YAB:

On July 25, 2019, I will participate in the Young Associates Board’s (YAB) 17th 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.

Pediatric brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children and are fatal for almost half of those diagnosed. Yet, only $1 million is given annually for pediatric brain tumor research by government agencies. YAB has raised more than $1.5 million to date to further this lifesaving cause.

Please support my efforts by making a gift today! Any amount will make a difference, and all donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Lurie Children’s Foundation.

With your help, more children battling brain tumors can receive the best healthcare possible and the opportunity to reach their greatest potential. Thank you!

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