On January 29, 2016, our lives began a new path. As a police officer I was getting up from a nap before having to work the night shift and I found Holly sitting on the bathroom floor with her head in her knees. Holly told me she was unbearably dizzy and was unable to text message. Then as she began to speak she started to have trouble finding the words she wanted to say. I chalked it up as a migraine but her mother was concerned and took Holly to the Emergency Room. Upon arrival a CT scan showed a mass on Holly's brain.
After some research we ended up at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia and shortly after an awake resection was performed by Dr. James Evans (which Holly tells me she has PTSD from). The resection was considered successful and we awaited the pathology report. The subsequent pathology report came back and Holly's tumor was daignosed as Anaplastic Astrocytoma (Grade 3 Brain Cancer). Soon after, Holly underwent radiation and concurrent Chemo (Temodar pill) for six and a half weeks at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Holly then completed a year's regiment of the Chemo Pill and a eight week clinical trial at Johns Hopkins in Baltmore MD.
Holly's Radiation ended on May 5, 2016 four days after the Race for Hope D.C. 2016. As a way to celebrate the end of Radiation our family walked for HOPE that brain cancer will be cured. We then walked again in October 2016 in the Race for Hope Philadelphia and again in May 2017 in the Race for Hope D.C.!!! To date Team Holly Grace has raised over $82,000 for brain tumor and brain cancer research and have a goal to surpass $100,000 raised in 2018!!! Holly is 32 years old with three beautiful kids; Zoey eleven years old, Juliet three and Matthew Jr. two. We don't know what the future holds for Holly but we know how important brain tumor and brain cancer research is and how badly we all want Holly to live a long and happy life without brain cancer. My kids and I need Holly here with us and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for any support whether monetary or as a teammate.
The Race for Hope DC raises funds to support innovative research initiatives and provide information for brain tumor patients and their families. This amazing event relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of individuals, families, teams, volunteers, sponsors and donors. Thank you for your support in helping us find a cure for brain tumors!
Matt, Holly, Zoey, Juliet and Matt Jr.
Race for Hope DC 2016 top 10 fundraising team