I have a brain tumor. I have good days and bad days, but I will never let anyone see my bad days.
I nearly lost my life after suffering severe seizures which lead to my diagnosis in April, 2013. I've had a long road of recovery after surgery, chemo and radiation yet I still wake up every day with a smile on my face and a positive attitude. My wife Brooke has been by my side, lifting me up, through this journey.
Just a few months after my initial diagnosis I got a companion dog named Denny. Denny has helped me through treatment and all of my brain injury rehab. He has also helped me regain an active and independent lifestyle, which includes completing three triathlons!
I’ve committed to raise funds to benefit cutting-edge brain cancer research through ABC2 by rappelling down the side of a building! Last year, I rappeled down the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the largest building on the San Diego waterfront and I'm doing it again in 2017! The most exciting part is, all the money raised for this event will be channeled to brain cancer based research projects.
I am dedicated to fight this deadly disease. There are almost 700,000 people living with brain tumors and about 80,000 more will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis this year. Despite the amount of brain tumors, and their devastating prognosis, there have only been four (4) FDA approved drugs to treat brain tumors in the past 30 years. More research is desperately needed.