The minutes have blended into hours, the hours into days, and the days into months. The end of 2019 was a blur and so far, the start of 2020 has been difficult.
During these unprecedented and unsettling times, my heart goes out to everyone, from those inflicted with the virus, to brain tumor and cancer patients alike. And while my priority remains with the care and assistance of brain tumor patients, my deepest gratitude is with the front line workers in the hospitals around the world. Thank you for your commitment and efforts. Because of you, we will get through this and as a community, we are Stronger Together.
These are powerful words. Back in 2016, when the CTBTA adopted them as our tagline, the intent was to embrace the brain tumor community. However, these two words have quickly became the motto of many within the last month as they remind us that we can all do more to be more compassionate, more generous and more selfless.
We need to be strong for our family, friends, neighbors and strangers. We need to be strong and supportive of the doctors working hard to keep us healthy. And I will remain strong and continue to be a friend and supporter for anyone who needs it, but my commitment remains to the brain tumor community.
As our communities continue to adjust to the evolving conditions, one of unfortunate constants will be the diagnosis of a brain tumor. There will continue to be diagnoses of brain tumors and the consequential impact on a family’s financial situation will mount. Fortunately for you, the CTBTA will continue to ensure that no one has to face this disease alone. Our focus will remain on improving the quality of life for patients, survivors and their families and on accelerating the discovery of new treatments and cures. With every new obstacle we are faced with as a result of this growing pandemic, we will adapt and respond accordingly. Over the past several weeks, I have spoken to doctors and nurses, and have heard from families following their treatment, and am so grateful to be assured that wonderful care is continuing to be provided to everyone in need.
The month of May is “Brain Tumor Awareness Month” and all of us at the CTBTA were looking forward to kicking things off with the Path of Hope on May 2nd, as well as several third-party events geared towards raising awareness of brain tumors. Given the current situation, with a heavy heart, we have decided to postpone our 5K until the fall. In the meantime, we look forward to sharing details of a new campaign that everyone can participate in safely and comfortably, so be on the lookout for our announcement soon. And although our Gray Ribbon Club and Good Grief Group meetings need to be placed on hold indefinitely, we will continue to provide hope and support in every means available.
I remain eternally grateful for your continued support and assistance and look forward to seeing everyone again soon. Stay safe and well, and please know that the CTBTA and I are here if you need us.
Together, we will weather this storm.