Dear Friends and Family,

Today 11 kids will get the news that they have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. These children will have to endure outdated and toxic treatments that can be as deadly and devastating as the disease itself. The John McNicholas Pediatric Brain tumor foundation is dedicated to raising funds and getting the money into the hands of the doctors who are going to cure this disease, so that no other young person will have to go through what John did.

John McNicholas was my (friend, sons daughters friend, neighbor) He was 15 and had his whole life ahead of him… or so he thought. On March 31, 2010 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. In 10 short months this disease robbed John of everything, his ability to walk, talk, show emotion, swallow and ultimately breath. John died on January 7, 2010.

It’s not easy to pinpoint the cause of pediatric brain tumors and so far, the cure rests on continued research. This is why I am writing to you: I need your help, generosity and support! As a team participant in the 2014 Live Like John softball tournament on Saturday, June 14th, my team and I are raising money so the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation can continue to provide programs and services for children and families impacted by pediatric brain tumors while funding vital research into the cause and cure .

Since it’s inception, The John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation/Live Like John has raised over half a million dollars. Money raised has gone towards funding an iPad lab in the Lurie Children’s pediatric day hospital and has awarded a research scholar award for ground-breaking research into High Grade Gliomas. Your donation will help fund the next wave of exciting projects for the coming year.

Thank you for making a donation on my behalf to help us reach our fundraising goal. Every dollar makes a difference – together we will create a brighter tomorrow for young people diagnosed with brain tumors.

To learn more about the Live Like John softball tournament, or the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, please visit today.

I truly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress. With your help we Together, we will remember John by doing what he loved – playing ball!


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