Ahhh, September is finally here! And that means Brainstormin‘ is literally just around the corner. My family, friends and I are hard at work, getting last minute details squared away and ensuring that Friday night will be one to remember. To those who have their tickets, I look forward to seeing you there. For everyone else, you can purchase them at the door!
I’ve been posting a lot on social media and sending emails blasts with the various updates, but here’s everything you need to know:
Friday, September 14th at 6:30 at Stony Creek Brewery. We have sponsors; we have iHeart Radio’s Renee DiNino as emcee and Ann Nyberg of WTNH as our special honorary guest; we have the cover band Heat; the Carla’s Pasta truck will be on site; we will have a commemorative toast with beer brewed by Stephen and I; raffle and auction items that you won’t want to miss; but most importantly, updates on the central neurocytoma study that your funds have supported by surgeons at the Yale Brain Tumor Center.
In the five years that we have done this, there has been one constant and that is the support of our family, friends, coworkers, survivors, warriors and caregivers alike, as well as new faces from around the community. Without your never-ending generosity, this would not be possible.
Because of you, I have hope. Because of you, brain tumor patients and their families have hope. Because of you, better treatments are being found and we are inching closer to the cure.
As a ten-year survivor, there is nothing more that I could have asked for when I was diagnosed. At the outset, I was afraid, albeit confident. I fought hard to regain all that I lost. When I finally returned to my old self and came through this adversity, I knew I wanted to make things better for the doctors and patients fighting this disease. Because of you, I found it within myself to want to champion this cause and give back.
On Friday night, come out and be prepared to have fun. Open your hearts and your wallets and help to find the cure. Yankees and Red Sox fans, there’s something for you; if you’re a fan of the Giants, come on out; Elton John fans! food lovers! You get the hint – we have awesome prizes. And someone will ride home on this, thanks to my brother-in-law and owner of Al Mac Motors who has donated a scooter every year this fundraiser has been held.
A brain tumor diagnosis is not something that anyone wants to hear. It is not a ‘sexy’ disease and is underfunded in terms of research dollars. But you will be helping to change that that, and I am eternally grateful. The seeds were planted five years ago: