In Spring 2017, my dear friend, Kevin Kramer, was diagnosed with a xanthoastrocytoma. This tumor is considered a benign and rarely mutates into a malginancy; unfortunately, this time it did. In true "Kevin fashion", he played it off as no big deal, made jokes about the cool haircuts he was sporting after the surgery, and talking about his next event he'd be planning. He'd tell me he was on the road to recovery and just needed a little bit of radiation to clean up what they could not remove.
This past July, one week after his 36th birthday, he passed away; however, the disease took away the real Kevin before it took away the physical form. While his sarcasm and quips persisted throughout, most of who he was had began to disappear as the cancer changed and metastasized.
Kevin was a great friend, wine aficionado, Seattle expert, event planner extraordinaire with a quick wit and great sense of humor. His snark was perfectly timed and the depth of his friendship ran deep. He is missed everyday and will not ever be forgotten.
I am so excited to be participating in the 11th Annual Heroes of Hope Race. While I have participated in the past, this year's event has a much deeper meaning and purpose. Money raised from this event will fund Los Angeles Childhood and Adult brain tumor and cancer research!
Please help by sponsoring me. Thank you!