The Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk: Honoring Loss. Inspiring Hope. Funding a Cure. | Lisa Sliker, Carol Herrmann, and Rose Knight

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Carol, Rose and Lisa hold a unique bond and a shared story. Fellow Catholic parishioners and neighbors within two miles of each other, all lost their children at a young age to brain tumors.  They joined together to build a prayer garden to honor their children and for all children who have lost their lives too early in life. Every year they participate as a team in the Race for Hope in DC to fundraise for brain tumor research.  This year, they are excited to welcome NBTS to their hometown, Baltimore, to share their stories, bring awareness and fundraise for a cure.

In honor of the Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk on September 10th, Lisa, Carol, and Rose have told us their stories of adversity and unyielding hope battling brain cancer. 

Lisa Sliker brought her 5 year old son Christopher to her pediatrician after he had trouble doing simple things such as placing things in an envelope or walking. After a series of tests and scans, he was diagnosed with DPIG, a type of brain tumor that does not yet have a treatment.

As Lisa recounts in her story, one's life changes when they are told there is nothing that can be done for their child, but Lisa's family held out hope. Christopher fought bravely through six weeks of needles and radiation before losing his battle and passing away in 2009.

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Carol Herrmann recounts her daughter Caroline's brave battle with a brain tumor. After surgery, she went through rigorous physical therapy in order to learn how to walk again. Caroline won that battle, wearing flip flops once again and walking down the aisle with her class at their 8th grade graduation.

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Unfortunately, within days of starting high school, the brain tumor symptoms had returned; 14 weeks later, with chemotherapy unsuccessful and surgery not an option, Caroline passed away.

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Rose Knight's son Ricky was a healthy boy when the headaches began and eventually had a seizure. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor and his family was convinced he would beat it. The Knight family came together and focused on enjoying every day together, learning valuable lessons along the way.

Rose recounts one time when she asked her husband to bring her a sandwich with spicy mustard and he came back without it. When she expressed her displeasure, Ricky proclaimed, "Life's too short to worry about spicy mustard” – now the Knight’s family motto. Ricky lost the life he loved in 2008.
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The Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk on September 10th will help fund critically needed research to find a cure. We encourage you to consider sponsorship opportunities or to register to walk with us. Learn more here: http://www.braintumorwalk.org/baltimore

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