My mother passed away from a Grade IV Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor on October 26, 2014. I was holding her and kissing her and telling her it was ok when she passed. My sister-in-law was there with me and we were devastated. When my father and brother came to see my mom and say goodbye, my sister-in-law had to go back to my parents house and watch the five kids between us that had no idea what was going on.
I had no idea what I would say to my six-year-old daughter and I think I was grateful for the fact that she understood what had happened without me having to explain it to her. It didn’t make it any easier for her, however.
My sister-in-law had a great idea for the kids to make bracelets in honor of my mom and send any proceeds to the American Brain Tumor Association. It was such a great thing for the kids to do and spend their time thinking about helping others. They made so many bracelets and ended up raising $200 to donate to the ABTA.org! I am so proud of them and it was really actually a fun activity that we all participated in doing. A great way to help the grieving process by spending time together and giving back at the same time.
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was the first national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to brain tumors. For 40 years, the ABTA has been providing comprehensive resources that support the complex needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers, as well as the critical funding of research in the pursuit of breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care.
The ABTA.org is offering cards for the holidays as well 2015 calendars
When you purchase cards, starting at $29 for a box of 25, the ABTA will receive 50% of the profits from the cards you purchase (along with 100% of any additional donations you make). These cards feature a wide variety of styles and holiday sentiments, and can be customized.
Thank you for helping the American Brain Tumor Association advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors.