Friends, this year I am once again supporting this cause by joining my friend, Greg Sousa's team, instead of organizing my own. I was fortunate to meet Greg, a Duke brain tumor patient, when we were connected by a colleague and I did story on him in 2013. Since that time, I have been fortunate to be able to call Greg a friend. We bonded on our personal stories-he as a patient, and I was a caregiver for my mother who was also diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012.
Unfortunately, Greg passed away in July 2016 after a four-year battle with brain cancer. He survived three surgeries, a biopsy, intense cancer treatment, all the while thriving--working, parenting, raising money for brain tumor research through athletic endeavors. He leaves behind a wife and two children. So, this year I run in his honor. He was truly an inspiration, not just to people with brain tumors, but to everyone who knew him. He exemplified what it meant to live life to the fullest. Here is a link to a story I recently did about Greg with his wife, Sara: http://www.wral.com/duke-doctor-helps-families-prepare-for-death/16542466/
As most of you already know, on July 8, 2012, my mother, Madeline Hartsell Lamb, died in my Cary home. She was diagnosed just eighty days earlier with a glioblastoma, a primary brain tumor that almost immediately brings even the healthiest people to their knees. My mother was treated at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke where they are doing cutting edge research and treatments to try and extend the lives of these patients and, eventually, find a cure.
On April 29, I will run with two angels by my side, Madeline and Greg. I suspect they will be smiling down on us...
My earlier story about Greg: http://www.wral.com/bicyclist-with-brain-tumor-hopes-900-mile-ride-will-inspire/12905261/
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