The Voices Against Brain Cancer Run/Walk

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A reader shared this information with me and hopes that the word will spread — please take a peek and if it touches your heart, give or get involved!

I am writing to share information about a charitable event I am involved with called Join The Voices Against Brain Cancer Run/Walk on December 4, 2011 in Central Park in NYC to support Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC). At the event, my 9 year old son, Matthew Florio has formed a team for the walk and will also be honored with a 2011 Caregiver Award in recognition of the time he spent with his father, Victor Florio, who was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma in March 2010, and passed away in March 2011, after a very difficult year.

As a parent, it is so difficult to find meaning and a positive spin on an event that is so devastating in a child’s life.  In my quest, we discovered VABC and the Run/Walk, and Matthew became so excited about being part of this – but he wanted to do more than just participate.  I contacted the organization and told them of our personal relationship with the cause. VABC was so moved by Matthew’s courage and desire to get involved that they decided to honor him on December 4th. It is my hope that he continues to participate in many upcoming VABC events and is able to find comfort for himself and provide comfort to others in similar situations.  Ultimately, it would be wonderful for Matthew to be a significant part in finding a cure for this horrendous disease by way of donations to fund cutting-edge research to find a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors and to support programs for brain cancer patients and their caregivers.

We would really like to get the word out about this event, it has come to mean so much to us to try and help others dealing with this disease.  It would be wonderful if anyone interested could learn abou tthe cause and help support Matthew, his memories and this wonderful organization. This disease affects so many young families and I know for us it was a comfort to know we were not alone.  Please visit Team Matthew’s page to learn more about the cause and event at

VABC is a charity whose mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease. Each year more than 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with primary or metastatic brain tumors. Brain tumors have no socio-economic boundaries and do not discriminate among gender or ethnicity.

Thank you for your time and support!