First, a truly heartfelt thanks to all who participated in, volunteered at, or sponsored the event. While the funds raised are vitally important to maintain and expand the UMBTC's programs, equally important is the inspiration and motivation your support provides to our patients, families and staff.
It is a little crazy, though, that the worse the weather, the better the turnout. I think that really speaks to the character of the folks that live in the UP. We embrace a cause because it is important and we embrace our weather because it sets us apart, makes us stronger.
What is it about the Hope Starts Here Challenge and the UMBTC that gets people out of a nice warm bed to face a cold, snowy morning? I think it is because all our programs are centered around our patients and families. I think it is because all our members are enthusiastic, energetic and hopeful. I think it is because we are always moving forward, open to new approaches and new ideas. I think it is because the things we learn caring for our brain tumor patients can be applied to caring for patients with other cancers.
Thank you for your support. See you next May for the 6th Annual Hope Starts Here Challenge.