Deb Gordon spotlighted the New York Brain Tumor Walk with Emily Morrison, a brain tumor survivor and the Walk’s top fundraiser; and Laura Loro, Special Events Director at the National Brain Tumor Society. The National Brain Tumor Society’s mission is to find better treatments, and ultimately a cure for anyone diagnosed and living with a brain tumor, and to ensure that patients, their family members and loved ones have access to the comprehensive information they need.
Emily shared her story about learning she had a brain tumor on her 24th birthday in 2011, and discussed some of the symptoms she experienced, including extreme migraine headaches. Emily underwent several surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, and although she was in remission a year later, the tumor itself remained inoperable. Emily also revealed that another tumor was discovered in February 2013, which caused her right eyesight to rapidly diminish. She has now completely lost vision in that eye, and is taking Avastin to try to restore it. Emily remains extremely positive and optimistic throughout her experiences and discussed how she first learned about the National Brain Tumor Society during her initial stay in the hospital and started raising funds from her hospital bed. She has made it her mission to raise awareness and funds for research to fight the disease.