I can count on one hand the number of people I know living with diabetes or who are paralyzed or who have MS(all conditions that are unfortunately common) and yet, I need two hands to count friends (or friends of friends) and relatives (near and distant) who have suffered and, most often, died from brain tumors. I don't know why I have encountered so many people with this affliction, but I figured maybe I should try to do something about that.
I wanted to find an organization that is not just helping current patients, but trying to change the situation for future patients as well. So I did a bit of research (it's not googling, it's research!!!) and I found an organization that is funding research into finding treatment and cures for these conditions: American Brain Tumor Association. I don't know how long it will take to find a cure or even an effective treatment. This organization has been working on this for over 40 years, but I do know that they have been making progress and someone who is diagnosed today has much better treatment options than even those who were diagnosed 10 years ago.
They are in this fight for the long haul and for this week, I am there with them.