Marty was diagnosed with a GBM Friday, December 9, 2005. We were told to "stay off the internet" which only spurred Marty to get on and get busy doing his research. After a few futile visits with local Dr's who gave us the standard "6 months to a year" prognosis, Marty drove himself up to Duke ( without my knowledge) and somehow without an appointment, got himself in to speak with Dr. David Readon who listened to Marty's request for care and promptly got him on the docket for surgery with one of the most prominent neurosurgeons in the country. His persistence was rewarded, he had the surgery and was "stable" for a solid year plus of unimaginable good health. He was able to be there for so many of our two son's milestones and some adventures and travel as well. He was truly alive! Unfortunately the beast returned, and after a second surgery in February 2008, he wasn't able to bounce back like the first go round. He still managed to live his life to the best of his ability, often cheering us up and inspiring us all with his wit, charm, and never ending faith. He left us on November 8, 2008, but his love and spirit remain in all of our hearts.
This annual walk at UConn reminds us all that the fight is not over and to that end we will continue the battle honoring Marty as we walk-the-walk and talk-the -talk!
To raise money for
All proceeds will benefit research programs of the American Brain Tumor Association.
The American Brain Tumor Association is a not-for-profit, independent organization. Not affiliated with any one institution,
Founded in 1973 out of a desperate need, the American Brain Tumor Association exists to eliminate brain tumors through research and to meet the needs of brain tumor patients and their families.