Welcome to the fundraising and event page for Glide for Gray Matter! Swim laps in the team relay and raise money for the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Join us for a fun evening with a DJ, dancing, socializing, random prize drawings and a casual dinner – even if you do not swim.
Save the Date:
Sunday, July 24 from 5-8 pm
The Pool at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, 415 W Willow Grove Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
To Register, Buy Tickets, or Donate:
- PURCHASE TICKETS for the party through Eventbrite by clicking here. The tickets cover the cost of the party only.
- REGISTER TO SWIM:
- Fill out this donation form to register to swim at the event. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
- SUGGESTED MINIMUM DONATION: $100 per swimmer to swim at the event. Please consider raising additional money by getting sponsors.
- List the names of swimmers swimming at the event by posting it in the Message section of the Donations page
- PURCHASE TICKETS for the party through Eventbrite by clicking here. The tickets cover the cost of the party only. Please also consider donating
- SUGGESTED MINIMUM DONATION PER FAMILY: $200. Please donate by clicking here. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Why we are raising funds for the CBTTC:
Julia was diagnosed with a brain tumor on her right frontal lobe in March 2015 after approximately two months of early-morning vomiting, then headaches and eventually some weakness on her left side. After rushing her to the Emergency Room at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a CT scan immediately revealed a tumor that was almost the size of a baseball. That evening, a shunt was placed to drain some of the fluid from the tumor. The next morning, Dr. Jay Storm, performed a five hour surgery to completely remove the tumor. Six days later, we learned that the tumor was a Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma (PXA) and we were assured that surgery was the only treatment required for this type of tumor and that Julia would not require chemotherapy or radiation. After a few weeks of physical therapy, Julia returned to almost all of her usual activities. Three months post-surgery, she had no limitations on her activities and no deficits in her functioning. A full recovery is not the case for most children diagnosed with brain tumors; many are not operable and many require radiation and chemotherapy as treatments which are harsh, especially for children.
We are forever grateful for Julia’s doctors, Dr. Jay Storm and Dr. Peter Phillips, and the research they do to find a cure for pediatric brain tumors. That is why we we are raising money for the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with the hope that one day soon there will be a cure for all pediatric brain tumors!
To learn about the ground-breaking research going on at CBTTC please visit https://cbttc.org