Not a day passes that my heart doesn't ache. I miss Kyle. His smile, his laughter, his courage, his joy. I miss hearing his voice echoing through my house when he'd be playing with his brother. I miss hearing him say "I love you Mama," as he'd give me a bear hug.
Did you know cancer kills more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined? Other than accidents, cancer is the leading cause of death among children. But kids shouldn’t have to die. They should be forever playing, running, exploring and laughing. They should be filled with hope and excited for life that lies ahead of them.
Each year 3,500 children are diagnosed with some type of brain tumor and of 40% of these children will not survive. My son, Kyle, was one of those children. In 2007 doctor’s told us he had a rare and inoperable brainstem tumor. Kyle was just 6 years old. Less than 10% of children with tumors like Kyle’s live more than a year and the published survival rate is less than 2%. Kyle beat those odds and filled our days with hope, living 2 amazing years.
But on February 7, 2009, Kyle passed away in my arms. In the time that has followed I have had to find new reasons to hope. My hope is for no other parent to endure my experience. My hope is for Kyle’s spirit to soar as inspiration to find a cure.
My personal goal this year is to raise $10 for each day that cancer has changed my life and the life of my family with Kyle. On race day it will have been 1288 days since I learned of Kyle's tumor. I am asking you to help me by donating money in Kyle's memory - every $10 honors a day of Kyle's fight and the days we have endured since he passed away. Help me change the fate of another child, another brother, another family.
Thank you for your support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund.