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Brain Tumor Warriors: Running for Brains

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Dani Schijveschuurder Benefitting Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

Please join the Brain Tumor Warrior team, as we run the Jerusalem marathon (and 5km run respectively), in aid of the Tel Aviv Medical Research Center, helping to pioneer research into new effective ways to detect and fight brain tumors.

About the Campaign

Our Personal Story:

As you are no doubt aware, Shira was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March 2014, and has subsequently undergone 2 surgeries, where she has been blessed to have been under the care of Professor Ram and his wonderful team at the Tel Aviv Medical Center (Ichilov). Shira’s symptoms manifested themselves towards middle of her pregnancy with our youngest child Gadi. It was only when Gadi was 3 months old that we received the diagnosis that Shira had a brain tumor, and immediately afterwards had her first operation. The Medical team was very pleased with how surgery went, and over the coming months, Shira recuperated and re-taught her brain how to do many of the day to day functions that many of us take for granted.

Shira was thank G-d making very good progress; however, at one of the regular checkups that she now goes through, it became clear that the remnants of the tumor had grown and needed a 2nd operation to remove. Once again, thanks to Hashem and His wonderful team, in May 2015 Shira once again found herself under the care of Professor Ram, who thank G-d was able to remove as much of the tumor as possible.

Shira never ceases to amaze me day in day out, with her strength, courage, determination and outlook. She may make it look easy, but she fights and works so hard, and each day discovers new strengths she never knew existed.

We are truly thankful all round for so much good that we have in our lives, and for all the wonderful way that our family and friends have rallied behind us, quite literally from all  4 corners of the world, and everything in between.

Our cause:

Choosing to run for Ichilov was not a hard decision to make. Not only as a way for us to say thank you for the wonderful care that Shira received, but also for the leading research that the Medical Center continues to contribute to the world of brain tumors. We were told that the technology and method used during the 2nd operation was not even available for the 1st, despite the 2nd surgery being a mere 14 months  after the first. In fact, the breakthrough that technology has made over the recent history is mind boggling – if Shira would have undergone the same surgery some 10 years ago, it is highly likely that she would have been facing complete paralysis of her body. We owe so much gratitude to Hashem, and to those who have enabled medical technology to make the progress it has.

By their very nature as invasive growths, tumors are dangerous and life-threatening. Even if treated successfully, they may have a profound effect on quality of life and create lifelong challenges for survivors and their families.

Brain Tumors do not discriminate. They can occur in people of all ages, but they are statistically more frequent in children and older adults. Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children (males and females) under age 20. Despite the prevalence though, there is precious little that is known about them, and there has been little breakthrough in the actual treatments of brain tumors.

Israel has become recognized worldwide for its numerous innovative and cutting-edge contributions in medical technology. The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC), founded in 1912, is the only hospital in the city of Tel Aviv that operates as a Governmental Medical Center and is one of the six super-centers operating in Israel (second largest in the country). More than 2500 neurosurgical procedures are performed each year at the TASMC, providing care to patients from throughout the country and beyond.

We fully believe that Scientists and researchers are more poised than ever to understand brain tumors, develop treatments, and find cures. Please help us in achieving our goal – Dani aims to run the full 42.2 km marathon, whilst Shira and Shai (together with our niece/cousin Vered) will run the 5km – and in doing so we would like to raise 100,000 NIS to help fund research efforts.

Donations can be made in all major currencies, and are tax exempt in Israel, America and England.

Further information about the Jerusalem marathon can be found here: http://www.jerusalem-marathon.com/indexEN.aspx

Information about the Tel Aviv Research Center can be found here: http://www.tasmc.org.il/sites/en/Pages/default.aspx