Where has the time gone? Admittedly, and my apologies to all of you, but since starting my new position, my blogging has gotten away from me as I have needed to give more of myself to the position and to get my feet under me. However, with this work, my commitment, passion and dedication to the cause has only grown.
Santa responded favorably to my list, but the end of 2018 was still difficult. As the Board and I continued to process the loss of Tracey, the strongest brain tumor warrior I have ever met, I kept asking “why?” but remained committed to the fulfilling our mission.
During our first Board meeting in 2019, a common thread formed – though we were collectively hurting, our commitment and dedication was unwavering. The CT Brain Tumor Alliance will continue to assist patients and families, serving as a resource to bring awareness, hope and partners together to find the cure and help everyone facing this diagnosis. The passing of Tracey has been very difficult, but I am so proud of her family, friends and our Board, all of whom are resolved to continue her legacy and push the needle further in helping to make Connecticut a center of excellence in brain tumor care. I previously mentioned the picture in my office of her and I, and upon arriving every day, I look at it for my inspiration and hope that I can make half the impact that she did. So, to that end, Connecticut, get ready. The CTBTA is coming for you and we are moving full speed ahead with two great events on May 4th to kick off Brain Tumor Awareness Month.
In the morning at beautiful Elizabeth Park, which Tracey loved and adored, join us for our annual 5k, the Path of Hope. If you’ve been to a previous Path of Hope, you have witnessed the beauty of seeing brain tumor patients, their caregivers, families and friends come together for a day of celebration, remembrance, passion and hope. Building off our recent success last September, we are proud to bring our flagship event to May and begin this great month with a bang. For further information and to register, please visit: https://www.ctbta.org/events/path-hope/event-info/
Also on May 4th, the CTBTA is proud to host “A Night in Paris.” This special, one-time event is a dedication to the life and memory of Tracey. An admirer of all things French, this memorable event will be filled with exquisite French cuisine, an exciting raffle and auction, all cast under the Eiffel Tower and French street signs in the place she loved the most. Please join us to continue Tracey’s legacy of helping others and giving back. Along with the members of this fantastic Committee and the CTBTA, I hope to see you there and encourage you to please attend if you can, or purchase a ticket for the benefit of a survivor whom Tracey treasured dearly: https://www.ctbta.org/events/night-paris/
There are just under three weeks from the big day and the excitement and pressure is mounting. Sure, two events in one day may seem insurmountable to some, but I am determined to make it an exceptional day. Thanks to our many sponsors who are supporting these events, all of the participants currently registered, and our dedicated group of volunteers, it is our commitment to bring hope to all who are fighting and allow the hospitals we partner with to continue their advancements. May 4th, 2019 will be remembered as a day of mutual celebration where we all rejoiced and said “we did it!” Here’s to you Tracey.