On September 7th, 2011, the unimaginable happened when, Dan, now 27, unexpectedly fell sick and was taken by ambulance to Rush University Medical Center. Doctors diagnosed him with a brain tumor known as Astrocytoma. Surgery was required immediately, unfortunately his surgeons were only able to remove 1/3 of the tumor while the remainder was deemed inoperable since it had grown too deeply into the brain.
A follow up MRI five months later revealed an even more devastating diagnosis of a malignant Grade 3 Astrocytoma. His oncologist advised Dan that the part of the tumor that had remained in his head was continuing to grown toward the center of his brain. Since that time, Dan has undergone an additional surgery and began both radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
Because of this diagnosis and the disabilities associated with the tumor, Dan lost his job as a Local 6 Laborer and is no longer employable in that industry due to the physical limitations of his condition. Additionally, Dan has put his plans for law school on hold and is facing an uncertain future without disability coverage or gainful employment. Dan is currently paying for COBRA coverage but this coupled with his living expenses isn't sustainable long term. As you can imagine, the financial ramifications of Dan's diagnosis and the subsequent expenses associated with his condition are devastating.
As a very close friend of Dan's, I watched as he went through the aforementioned. Even as he was going into surgery, he was comforting me. He has never complained- even though he has had to face hurdle after hurdle. There is no one more deserving... A hardworking guy who has had to put his dreams on hold to fight cancer. No one should have to go through that, let alone someone with their entire future ahead of them. I only wish I could do more. That's why I have set out to run over 1,000 miles this year. Every race, I will be wearing his name and trying to raise money towards his cause. For every mile run, I hope to raise at least a dollar. Please help me and show your support for Dan. Any amount helps...