The Rim-to-Rim is a powerful metaphor for the race to end brain cancer. The reality of brain cancer is devastating. It is not just a physical attack on the body, it attacks the very core of who a person is and kills mercilessly.Treatments are few and though potential breakthroughs have been and continue to be made in academia, human clinical trials are underfunded, paralyzing progress in the research valley of death.
We know that funding brain tumor research will change the future for those diagnosed with brain cancer. If money is the problem, it’s a problem that can be solved.
That gives us hope and hope gives us the energy to take action and to reach out and invite others to hope and act with us.
We can’t wait to see the incredible impact BethAnn, Maria and all of you will make together through the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim run.
BethAnn was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005. She felt her first symptoms while running the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon. Since her diagnosis, surgery, and recovery, she has raced marathons and Ironmans despite being mostly blind in her left eye and suffering from seizures from the malignant glioblastoma in her brain. She has raced the Boston Marathon (3 times), the Marine Corps Marathon (12 times), the Lake Placid Ironman (twice) and the Kona Ironman World Championships (once, in 2012). In so doing, she has raised more than $700,000 for brain cancer research.
BethAnn met Maria through Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure after Maria’s historic Race Across America victory in 2013. They share the same passionate, action-focused approach to ending brain cancer.