One of our primary goals at Garage 10 is giving out financial gifts to assist with travel costs related to rare disease treatment. However we also strive to raise awareness regarding the challenges of a rare disease diagnosis. Today, with a heavy heart, we spotlight Glioblastoma.
According to MD Anderson Cancer Center Glioblastoma is the most common type of cancer that starts in the brain. In the United States, around 12,000 cases are diagnosed each year. Glioblastoma is described as rare and very aggressive. There is currently NO CURE and all glioblastomas recur. Can you imagine being given this diagnosis?
Recently we were honored to offer Sandi a financial gift to assist with transportation costs. Sandi was diagnosed with Glioblastoma and traveled many times to MD Anderson for treatment. We found out over the weekend Sandi lost her fight. A precious life gone way too soon because of the lack of research and treatments available for her disease. Sandi never let the prognosis take away her hope. Her doctors told her she had 3 months to live; however, she continued to fight. She surpassed those 3 months and lived nearly 600 days after diagnosis. During that time, she traveled to Houston enduring multiple surgeries, radiation, and participating in clinical trials.
Today we remember Sandi, her husband and the 2 young sons she left behind. May we continue to fight for rare disease research and treatments. Perhaps one day Glioblastoma will have a cure.
You can read more about Sandi here