Going Grey in May for Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Brain Tumor Awareness Month + Head for the Cure

I never thought I would need to share and bring awareness to so many different causes. A few weeks ago I shared that it was National Infertility Awareness Week and today I am sharing about another topic near and dear to me, Brain Tumor Awareness Month.

So why do I care? Why is important for me to ‘go grey’ this month? I do this to honor my nephew, who we lost in March 2014. I do this to share the honest and raw truth about it all. I do this to bring awareness to the reality of what so many families go through. I do this in hopes someone will be willing to make a donation and eventually enough funds will be raised so that a cure could be found.

Going Grey in May for Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Do you know there are over 120 different types of brain tumors, with only 4 of those that have treatments approved by the FDA? Each year 70,000 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor and each year 15,000 people will die from a brain tumor. Brain Tumors are the 2nd leading cause of death in children (behind leukemia). A large classroom (40 people) full of people die every day from a brain tumor. Unfortunately, I don’t have the statistics around the trauma that people go through. I don’t have the facts on the emotional heartache or how many hospital days patients stay the night or how many chemo or radiation treatments they receive. The list of what any given patient might go through when being diagnosed really is endless.

Head for the Cure

This leads into my next topic of discussion, which is about Head for the Cure, an organization whose mission is to raise awareness and funding. This past Saturday, Colby as well as some family members (even my aunt and uncle all the way from the Netherlands joined) and friends participated in the North Texas 5K. This was our 3rd year to attend the event and if I am counting correctly our 7th Head for the Cure race to participate in. There were 2,150 runners and $158K was raised from this event. I ran as fast as I could, thinking of Kai the whole time, and managed to place 2nd in my age group. My dad also rocked the race and placed 2nd in his age group as well.

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PS. Today is the last day to enter to win a tumbler from Marquia Makes, a tank from Pure Grace and this devotional book about infertility that I was able to contribute to. Enter over on instagram to win.

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16 Comments
  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:02h, 11 May Reply

    This is a thing near & dear to my heart as well.
    My father has a brain tumor… its not causing many issues & its benign but its still scary to know its there.
    Kudos to you for bringing awareness.

  • Natalina Sents
    Posted at 09:21h, 11 May Reply

    I didn’t know this was brain tumor awareness month! You’ve sure got me thinking. Also, great photos!

  • Just Plain Marie
    Posted at 09:55h, 11 May Reply

    I’m a brain tumor survivor. I didn’t really realize how precious that was, didn’t understand why the nurses at the hospital kept saying it was a miracle, until I went to a “Brain Tumor Survivors Support Group.” Out of the entire room, I was the only person who had had a tumour … the rest were people who were left behind – the survivors of people who had had tumours.

    Gray matters. 365 days a year, gray matters.

  • Lily
    Posted at 10:05h, 11 May Reply

    Wow! I’m sorry to hear about your nephew, Caroline! I’m so glad you are raising awareness for this too!
    I have known a few people in my life who have survived brain tumors. The statistics are eye opening for sure!

  • Jen
    Posted at 14:08h, 11 May Reply

    Have you been following HONY on Instagram? They’ve been spotlighting people with rare cancers and doctors/researchers working on healing + curing them. You should definitely check it out…so heartbreaking but hopeful.

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter
    Posted at 16:00h, 11 May Reply

    Thank you for bringing awareness. I lost my dad to a brain tumor and while treatment and prognosis has continued to improve since then, its still not adequate

  • Jojo
    Posted at 19:11h, 11 May Reply

    Thanks for spreading awareness on this and what an awesome job on placing 2nd place.

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 19:17h, 11 May Reply

    It is scary the number of cancers that most of us are unaware of until someone we know is diagnosed. I’m grateful you are letting others know – and I’m also impressed with you and your Dad (and whole family).

  • ellesees.net
    Posted at 07:32h, 12 May Reply

    i’m glad there is a month of awareness dedicated to this cause. wouldn’t it be lovely to never have to have awareness again for this? as in there was a cure? again, sorry for your loss. it helps to have such wonderful angels watching over us.

  • Jenn
    Posted at 08:10h, 12 May Reply

    I can’t even imagine! What a horrible thing. This is so wonderful that the event was such a success! Thanks for the information, I didn’t know there was a month devoted to brain tumors.

  • Kerry
    Posted at 09:08h, 12 May Reply

    I had no idea there were so many different types of brain cancers! I love that you bring light to so many great causes. You have a big heart, Caroline. So sorry for the loss of your nephew.

  • Dia All The Things I Do
    Posted at 10:06h, 12 May Reply

    Thanks for sharing this with us, I didn’t know about this awareness effort. You constantly allow your nephew to live on through remembering him and advocating for his cause.

  • courtney
    Posted at 21:10h, 13 May Reply

    I’m so sorry about your nephew. It’s so lovely that you get to honour him with this.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 21:52h, 13 May Reply

    My heart breaks thinking of Kai, but the way you continue to love on him by spreading such awareness is a hard and beautiful thing.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 10:07h, 14 May Reply

    I didn’t know that brain tumors are the 2nd leading cause of death for children! So sad. I’m glad you were able to run for Kai and place in your age group! Good job, Caroline!

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove
    Posted at 23:40h, 14 May Reply

    I love the great causes you run for Caroline. Those statistics are so scary. My husband has had severe “ice pick headaches” for several years now. He has had MRIs and tried several treatments and the doctors can’t figure out whats wrong or what to do to help him. Something like this is always in the back of my mind.

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