Tony Lossano with Jen Sweet

The Sweetest Thing

Jen Sweet with Tony Lossano
Jen Sweet with Tony Lossano

You may have noticed lately that NUDE HIPPO has been giving you the daily updates from Bill McCormick‘s WORLD NEWS CENTER and Pogo‘s music scoops, but not much more of anything else.  That is because we have been focused on helping one of our own.

My very good friend and fellow HIPPO family-member, Jen Sweet, was diagnosed with a very rare and lethal glioneuronal brain tumor in May, 2008.   Next month, I, along with Ashley Lobo, Nick Rosario and others will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Path to Progress 5K Run/Walk to raise money for research and patient/family education programs.

Jen with her dog Madi
Jen with her dog Madi

I don’t have the words to explain how I feel about Jen and how much I want to help her…so, I’ll share with you what she recently wrote in her online journal:

“The fact is, I am going on three years since my diagnosis.  In the world of brain cancer, I am a “long-term” survivor.  No one should face a diagnosis where “long-term” survival is three years.  Most people with my diagnosis die in the first 18 months.  People with the diagnosis of GBM (the diagnosis in my medical records) do not usually make it past four months.  I am incredibly grateful for my good health and all of you have contributed to it through your support.  I really believe that with even a small contribution to the “Path to Progress” event , you will be able to support so many more people who face brain tumors.  I really hope you will consider contributing.  Please visit the American Brain Tumor Association to make a donation.  This organization does so much important work and even a small amount will make a huge difference. ”

Jen out with her HIPPO peeps!
Jen out with her HIPPO peeps!

Jen’s co-worker and friend Saleha wrote on her own webpage; “Jen’s cancer is not the type that will ever go into remission, she has been on chemo for roughly 2 1/2 years and will have to stay on chemo until a better option is discovered.”  …and that is exactly what the ABTA has been doing…looking for more options and a cure.

I would be grateful if you could help them out with their mission.  Even if it is the amount that you donate is what you would normally charge for a coffee, that amount would mean so much.

Jen with Tony, Warner Saunders & Allison Rosati
Jen with Tony, Warner Saunders & Allison Rosati

Your contribution will help Jen and many others who are living with this disease.  Any donation, small or large, will go a long ways in helping find a cure for brain cancer.   I will be participating in the American Brain Tumor Association’s Path to Progress 5K Run/Walk to raise money for research and patient/family education programs.  I am asking for your support with any amount you are able to give.

For 38 years, ABTA has provided critical funding to researchers working toward breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. The American Brain Tumor Association exists to eliminate brain tumors through research and to meet the needs of brain tumor patients and their families

Please consider supporting my walk for my good friend Jen & the American Brain Tumor Association.

Thank you!

-Tony Lossano
www.LOSSANO.com/sweet



Our coverage of the Annual Summer Lovin’ @ Museum of Contemporary Art.
Including information about the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute to advance the research and treatment of brain tumors.

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