Mel was diagnosed with brain tumors around the age of 6 months. The doctors originally told my family she would not make it through her first year. Soon after, a man named Mike Traynor, the president of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, contacted my mom. They spoke for hours about Mel's condition and how to stand up for my sister's life, instead of allowing doctors to give her an expiration date. My family soon became involved in the Ride For Kids. A motorcycle ride that provides funding for the foundation. We have participated every year since.
The tumors have left Melanie legally blind, but she has survived. She is now 22 and battling a new malignant tumor. However, hope is not lost. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the Ride For Kids continue to raise money to support revolutionary research in the treatment of this disease. We credit her survival thus far to the foundation and will credit the next chapter of her life to their work as well. Please make a donation to the foundation and be a beacon of hope in the dark world of pediatric brain tumors.