With May being National Brain Tumor Awareness month, many in the Charlotte area are reviewing information offered through local groups who are helping people understand the complications of brain tumors. While not all brain tumors are cancerous, all brain tumors are to be taken seriously.
This year, the Grey Matter 5K Trail Run/Walk will be held in June, although May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Charlotte residents are ready to participate and a large turnout is expected.
According to The Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas, as many 1,200 people in the Charlotte area alone will be diagnosed with some form of brain tumor each year.
Information offered by one group actively involved in helping others learn about brain tumors can be found at braintumor.org. Readers can help this group by signing a petition requesting a postage stamp be made available to promote brain tumor awareness.
The Grey Matters 5K Trail Run/Walk will be for the purpose of fundraising. The following information about the 5K Trail Run/Walk in Charlotte is from the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas site
Grey Matters 5K Trail Run/Walk
Please join us on Saturday, June 2nd at Myers Park High School – the fun begins at 8am. There will be a 5k trail run, 5k walk and 1 mile fun run. Please pass this on to friends, family, neighbors – the more folks we have, the more we raise for the BTFC! To register, please use the link http://www.active.com/running/charlotte-nc/grey-matters-5k-run-walk-2012. Folks will be able to fundraise around their (or a team’s) participation so set up your team now! If you are unable to join us that day but would like to make a donation, please use the link below. http://www.active.com/donate/greymatters.
This writer and many in the Charlotte area have watched family members deal with brain tumors. Brain surgery is unlike any other surgery in that it can affect your entire being. Recovery from brain surgery often requires extensive physical therapy and other rehabilitative therapy, with patients often losing a portion of their memory or personality.
It is easy for Facebook users wanting information about brain tumors to connect with people throughout the world who are recovering from surgery and treatment. This link will take readers to a page of one courageous boy living in Florida dealing with the aftermath of his illness.
Other support groups for those recovering from brain tumor surgery can be found in Charlotte by using this link. Don’t forget to join Grey Matters at Myer’s Park High School on Saturday!