Jonny’s California roadtrip continued to Vista Middle School in Irvine, California where one of our Fighter Angels attends school. JI spoke in front of the student body, helping them to understand what is going on with their friend and how to show support in the BEST way possible.
Next stop: Burbank for a 3 hour lunch hosted by Survivor Angel, Tammi Audi. Tammi opened her home to 40 cancer fighters and survivors in the IA network! According to Jonny, “It was great to see everyone in person
and have local-LA’ers touched by cancer meet each other, click, and become
friends and keep in touch!!”
Finally, JI rounded out his trip with a 1/2 Marathon in Carlsbad, accompanied by area Angels and volunteers, sporting our Imerman Active jerseys.
(Below) Check out Jonny and the students of Vista Middle School speaking about cancer support!
Brain cancer. To most people, these two simple words in combination register only as an abstract extreme left to the medical brainiacs (no pun intended) and nobel prize winners of the world to ponder upon and search to cure. For Lee McPherson, fighter and Survivor Angel, brain cancer is a very real part of his life that he faces every day.
Captured in his blog http://cancershmancer.typepad.com/ Lee walks his audience through his November ’07 diagnosis with glioblastoma multiforme, grade IV brain cancer, and subsequent journey. Through sharp witted humor and effective writing, he is able to answer the question that many wonder: “What would it be like to have brain cancer?”
This is Lee’s brain at diagnosis. You can see that he has a large tumor covering a quarter of the image. Some early indicators of the disease were headaches, confusion and communication issues.
July ’09, his scan shows some burns from radiation, but an absence of the tumor.
His wife, Dana, shares her perspective, fears and challenges with respect to Lee’s journey as his “rock” and caregiver, adding more color to Lee’s journey.
Brain cancer is a tough competitor, but it can be fought- Lee has the pictures to prove it.