According to the National Cancer Institute and the American Brain Tumor Association:
- An Estimated 14,300 die annually from brain cancer.
- Only 33% of those diagnosed with brain cancer will live five years.
- In the age group of 20-39, brain cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related death in men and 5th in women.
- It is the 2nd leading cause of cancer related death in children.
Four years ago I thought brain cancer was a silly storyline worked into soap operas. Now I know the truth. This disease is real and it is horrible. It does not discriminate along the lines of age, race or income. It comes like a thief in the night and can steal those most important to you. And I promise you, you will never see it coming.
Please wear grey tomorrow in memory of Missy, and please consider making a donation to research focused on treatments, cures and prevention of this heartbreaking disease.
If you participate and would like to be included in a blog post of photos showing your support, just tag your pictures on any social media site with #GreyForMissy, or email them to me (email@example.com) and I will include your photo in the post. It will be updated throughout the day, similar to last year.