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May 13, 2024

3 Brain Cancer Patients Who Are Inspiring HOPE

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Every May for over a decade, the End Brain Cancer Initiative (EBCI) has presented the National HOPE Award, a patient disease education, awareness & outreach campaign/initiative, to a brain cancer patient who inspires us with their courage and hope in the face of this devastating disease. Below are three HOPE Award nominees who have inspired us with their stories.

Register below for the Know All Your Treatment Options (KAYTO) online event to join us as we announce the winner of the 2024 National HOPE Award, a patient disease education, awareness & outreach campaign/initiative.

Jessica Stroia

Jessica was diagnosed with GBM in 1991 when she was just eight years old. She became the first kid to grow into adulthood and the first adult in the world to survive more than five years.

She is now 41 years old and spreads hope by speaking publicly about her journey. “Keep hope up and keep courage alive," says Jessica.

Paddy was heading into his Junior year of college when he was diagnosed with GBM, after experiencing numbness during hockey practice.

He appreciates all of the support he has received from family, friends, and the San Diego hockey community. "We all support each other and it’s really special," he said.

"I think hope is really what drives us all," said Paddy. "To get up in the morning and create a better future for ourselves."

Patrick O'Donnell

TJ and family

TJ was diagnosed with GBM after her husband discovered her unresponsive one morning. After receiving surgery and treatment, she quickly got back to her busy schedule, including seeing both of her kids graduate high school, and now visiting them at college. “I can’t lay in bed and feel sorry for myself and I don’t want anyone feeling sorry for me, so I’m just going to keep going as much as I can,” she said.

“I live differently now. Every day I wake up, I am so thankful," said TJ. "I don’t take anything for granted.”

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. The winner of the 2024 National HOPE Award, a patient disease education, awareness & outreach campaign/initiative, will be announced on May 17th during our Know All Your Treatment Options (KAYTO) online event. Register at the button below.

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Know All Your Treatment Options (KAYTO) is a free disease education online event, produced and moderated annually by the End Brain Cancer Initiative (EBCI).

It is designed specifically for members of the brain tumor, brain cancer, and metastasized brain tumor community to get the opportunity to hear directly from and have direct access to specialists in the field about treatment options, clinical trials, devices, and diagnostics that they may not have heard about.

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