Dear Friends and Supporters,

The process of grieving and recovery is like falling into a deep dark hole and feeling lost, sad, and lonely. Eventually, you figure how to climb out of the hole, only to fall back in. The goal is to be able to walk around the hole without in slipping in again. We are making progress thanks to the support of so many friends (Liz’s and ours) and family. Certainly, Elizabeth’s Hope has been important in alleviating our feelings of powerlessness against a horrific serial killer of random children, pediatric brain cancer. Elizabeth’s Hope has also provided us many opportunities to make new or renew connections with friends of Elizabeth and people who want to help to find better treatments for brain cancer.

It’s been a busy fall. Thanks to friends of Elizabeth who held fund raisers at Williams College, Georgetown University, The University of Virginia, and Gettysburg College, Elizabeth’s Hope has received over $10,000 in contributions. There are more in the works. The energy and commitment of these young people are so inspirational!!

On October 13, our family was able to walk around the “grief” hole thanks to the outpouring of support at the 10K run in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, spearheaded by Tessa Naso and Liz Haughton. Well over 200 attended in support of the cause, most ran, a few walked, and a couple cheered. It was a gorgeous sunny autumn day, filled with energy and love for Liz. Incredibly, the event raised over $46,000. The day ended with a party at the Saloon in NYC, where friends gathered and celebrated to raise yet more funds for the cause. The day was a huge success and there is a general call to make it an annual event!!

Through this journey we have made new friends; parents, patients, and children whose lives have been turned upside down by brain cancer. Take a look at “The Power of Families” to meet some of the families who have joined us in this campaign.

It’s been just one year since The Children’s Brain Tumor Project and Elizabeth’s Hope were launched. We are so excited as Dr. Greenfield’s team is making a contribution to the scientific and medical community and the fund raising effort is strong and continues to broaden. The point of all this is to say thank you for supporting Elizabeth’s cause and legacy, Elizabeth’s Hope. We have momentum, and I do believe that together we can make a difference.

Mike and Emmie

Read the Fall 2012 Children’s Brain Tumor Project lab update from Dr. Greenfield.

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