Why I fight?
I'm fighting for my brother, Scott. He's no longer with us, but if he were he would be my biggest fan in the audience come fight night! Scott died a little over five years ago after an 18 year battle with an incurable form of brain cancer. He is my inspiration for this fight and he is also responsible for any other crazy undertakings I might get involved with!
When I was 5 years old Scott was diagnosed with an ependymoma. An ependymoma is a primary central nervous system tumor that begins in the brain or spinal cord. Treatment options include surgery to remove the tumor(s), radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or clinical trials. Scott underwent all of these treatment options over the span of 18 years with no real remission. Ultimately, a very complicated and inoperable tumor wrapping around Scott's brain stem slowly deteriorated his basic body functions. As you can imagine, this was extremely heartbreaking to watch happen over the span of a year.
In the future world that we are fighting for, no one will ever have to endure this type of battle and no family will have to suffer such tremendous loss.
I ask for your support of me and of Haymakers For Hope in our shared commitment to raising the funds needed to advance cancer research.