On October 3, 2015 a small team of warriors will stand together on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon with a shared mission: to beat brain cancer.
The Rim-to-Rim will take the team from the North Rim down to the canyon floor, across the canyon, then up to the South Rim over 21.1 miles and more than 10,000 feet of elevation change. It is a powerful metaphor for the race to end brain cancer. The canyon represents the valley of death of underfunded research. We know that funding brain tumor research will change the future for those diagnosed with brain cancer and that additional funding is needed to help ensure this future.
Maria Parker and BethAnn Telford
With your help we can not only accomplish a Rim-to- Rim run, we can capture and share the story of two women whose impact will extend beyond the walls of the canyon, inspiring and giving hope to those battling brain cancer.
In the winter of 2005, I was diagnosed with brain cancer. I was scared and thought my life would never be the same again. I had my first surgery in the spring of that year and was determined to not let my illness limit what I could do in the future. I would fight to regain my abilities and to push my boundaries, if only to say I am still here and fighting. Having run several marathons before my diagnosis, I slowly learned to walk and run again and was able to complete the Marine Corp Marathon six months later in the fall. Over the last three years, I had the wonderful opportunity to run the Boston Marathon and was able to re-qualify (and set a PR) for Boston in my Father's hometown of Scranton, PA at the Steamtown Marathon this fall and have registered for the Boston Marathon in 2012. Though qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon has been extremely difficult and trying, the sense of accomplishment and expanding my boundaries was helped by the confidence I gained when I finished my first Eagleman 70.3 triathlon and the Lake Placid Ironman.
In 2012, I realized a life-long dream by winning an opportunity to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. It was an amazing experience that I was able to share with my family and friends as I crossed the finish line with a flag of "hope" with the names of the many children I have met afflicted with brain cancer written across the front. To read more about my experience on the "Ironman World Championship" tab.
The annual Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society. And for Erin Hamm, of Centreville’s Manorgate community, it’s personal.
“I started participating a few years ago,” she said “My husband had cancer and a friend of mine needed more teammates for her Relay team. So I dragged my husband along and he loved it, and we’ve been doing it ever since.”
Then last year, she was diagnosed with cancer. But, said Hamm, “You hear stories like this all the time. And we want to tell people that cancer’s not a death sentence, anymore — and this event is one thing we can do to help.”
The Relay for Life is held throughout the U.S. Locally, it was in Centreville from 2008-11; and this year’s eighth annual event will be held for the fourth time at the nZone, 14550 Lee Road in Chantilly. It’s set for Saturday, June 6, from 2 p.m.-midnight.
Brain Cancer Survivor BethAnn Telford Carries hope with Her in Today's Jemez Mountain Trail Races
Los Alamos Daily Post
by Bonnie J. Gordon
May 23, 2015
Like hundreds of other competitors in today’s 10th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races, BethAnn Telford got up this morning, put on her running shoes and hit the trail with a couple close friends. But there’s something special about Telford. She’s running to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. And she herself is a brain cancer victim.
Telford is running the 50K race with her good friends Sarah Domnarski, who traveled with her from Virginia, and Michelle Hall of Los Alamos. Hall met Telford when she joined a running group in Washington, D.C. Telford convinced Hall to run the Boston Marathon. “Beth inspires everyone around her,” Hall said.
Pennsylvania-Based Hotel Group -- neema hospitatlity -- to Support Brain Cancer Research Charity for Second Year in a Row
May 14, 2015
Due to the success of the Charity promotion last year which generated over 500 room nights and a $2700 donation to Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, Neema Hospitality will again in 2015 donate $5 per night at its ten hotel properties in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland to support Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, a non-profit research organization. BethAnn Telford is the inspiration behind the summer charity promotion. Telford is a brain cancer survivor, who despite suffering from seizures from the malignant glioblastoma in her brain, has completed the Boston Marathon four times, the Marine Corp Marathon twelve times, the Lake Placid Ironman twice and the Kona Ironman World Championships once in 2012.
When Mercedes Albert first began walking it was merely a form of exercise for her physical health. But as her own physical health improved, that of her younger sister, Maria Mesa, worsened.
Mesa was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a rare form of brain cancer, December 17, 2010.
“They gave her one year with treatment, and six months without. She was so strong, so faithful, that she lasted three years and seven months,” Albert said.
Mesa was 60 when she passed, and Albert has dedicated her walking to a new purpose: joining 5K walks for cancer.
Most recently Albert was the team captain of a walk in West Palm Beach organized by Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, a nonprofit organization founded by a man who had the same type of cancer as her sister.
Albert’s team name was “I Did It My Way—In Loving Memory of Maria Mesa,” and the team raised $16,825 for cancer research.
On May 3, Albert will be joining Team BT in the Race for Hope in Washington, D.C. The team captain, BethAnn Telford, has been a brain cancer survivor for 10 years.
3000 Miles to a Cure’s mission is to end brain cancer by raising funds for research, extending an open invitation to unite in hope and action for the cure. In October 2015, BethAnn Telford and Maria Parker are teaming up and taking on the grueling Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim challenge on foot and equipped with Google Glass to raise money for brain cancer research.
On April 20th of this year, I will be running my fourth Boston Marathon in honor of a beautiful little girl who is six years old and battling brain cancer from Center Moriches, New York (Suffolk County). Her name is Morgan Leary and she was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with a PNET brain tumor (Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor) on August 15th of last year. Unfortunately, her tumor is aggressive and she has undergone several brain surgeries to remove as much of the tumor as possible. She is also currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation in the hopes of controlling her terrible disease.