At BTFC we hope that some day we will no longer be needed, that some day there will be a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors. Today we celebrate people who have succeeded despite their diagnosis and treatment. Let these people inspire you.
In March of this year, ESPN reported on Syracuse University punter Rob Long who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2010. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, he appears to be tumor free and hopes to play in the NFL. What a wonderful testament to good medicine and the human spirit!
The New York Times shares the story of 6-year-old Danion Jones who, just three years ago, was unable to see, walk or talk as a result of a very large brain tumor (craniopharyngioma). After four surgeries and 10 related procedures, he has regained vision in one eye. One thing that remained a constant in Danion’s life was his passion for music and performing. On April 13 he sang Justin Bieber’s Baby at Amateur Night at the Appolo – an honor for any one, let alone a young boy who has spent the last three years fighting for his life.
Actress Sandy Duncan was diagnosed with a tumor on her optic nerve in 1971 at the age of 25. Following a very lengthy and delicate surgery, Duncan lost site in one eye. Despite having a fake eye, she has had a fabulously succesful career on stage and screen.
Late last year People, in “Scott Hamilton Bouncing Back After Brain Surgery, Aneurysm” wrote about Olympic gold medal figure skater Scott Hamilton who has battled cancer several times. After a highly publicized battle with testicular cancer in 1997, Hamilton’s return to skating was a heartwarming triumph. Just seven years later he was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma. Treatment was successful. Last year, his brain tumor returned and he underwent surgery again. He is doing well and continues to show his fighting spirit.