Paulina Cooper was born April 17, 1998. She was outgoing, fearless, giving and had an amazing ability to connect. She was diagnosed with an intrinsic brainstem glioma in August of 2003 at the age of 5. Through 13 months of radiation and chemotherapy and clinical trials she remained brave, peaceful, comforting and wise. She left this world on September 21, 2004. She is our hero. Her ability to connect, I believe was her life’s purpose. To make us realize that we must be in relationship with one another, with family, friends, neighbors, strangers and all walks of life. This is why we named this race the Dot-to-Dot race. By connecting the dots, we stay in union with each other and with God, and continue Paulina's legacy, of spreading her message of love, union and relationship.
Facts About Brain Tumors
- Everyday 9 children are diagnosed
- Leading cause of cancer death
- 120 different types of pediatric tumors
- Poorer survival rates than breast cancer patient
Only 2 new treatments for brain tumors have been approved in the past 25 years.More has been learned about brain tumor in the last 10 years than in the previous 100 years. Yet, mortality rates remain unchanged during the last 10 years.
Rory David Deutsch Foundation
The Rory David Deutsch Foundation is a non profit foundation dedicated to the eradication of pediatric brain tumors. All money raised will go into researching and developing effective treatments for children with aggressive brain tumors.