Dr Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
Dear Patients, Families and Friends,
It is hard to believe another year has gone by and the holidays are upon us once again. This time of year is always special to me as it is a season of FAMILY and HOPE. It is a season when we reflect upon the past year and really take the time to count our blessings in our lives. I am fortunate to be able to do this every day through interactions with all of you — your positivity, perseverance and fortitude are what keep me going and give me hope that WE can make a difference in this fight against brain cancer. And WE are making a difference — just read this edition’s Spotlight on Research to learn about the progress being made in the Stem Cell lab by Dr Ahmed Mohyeldin and his team with chordomas. You can also see the impressive list of donors to our Brain Cancer Research Fund. To all of you who have joined OUR team in this fight I THANK YOU. I am honored and humbled to be walking this journey together with you.
In this issue, we see stories of HOPE all around us — like 12-year-old Josué Hern'andez Hervás who is now thriving and enjoying his life in Spain like every child deserves to do. We also meet Mr Max San Roman, who also travelled a great distance from Peru for treatment at Johns Hopkins, and is doing well following his awake craniotomy to remove a Grade II Astrocytoma. My daughter Gabbie has written a story for us, “The Dog and the Sun,” which is a wonderful tale of faith and hope. Her story is available on our website!
You can also read about this year’s Brain Tumor Stem Cell luncheon for patients, which is always a great day to gather together and share our research and our stories with each other — to be supportive of each other and keep each other going. Please visit our website to view a touching video of that day. All who were in attendance can attest to how moving our patient speakers Robyn and John were and how much it meant to all of us that they were willing to share their stories. Please know that we need this day as much as you do and we are grateful for the opportunity to share it with you.
I would like to end with a quote from Mother Teresa that is very meaningful to me:
"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
I wish you all a wonderful and joyous holiday season!