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Senators residents hold brain tumor walk

November 9, 2017

About 50 residents of the Senators community in Lewes gathered Oct. 21 for a walk to raise awareness and money for brain tumor research. The group strolled from the community clubhouse, along the Junction and Breakwater Trail to the Lewes Public Library and back. 

The walk was organized by Senators resident Kathy McAleenan and her daughter Tracy Milcendeau. Milcendeau’s husband of two years died of stage IV glioblastoma at age 36 in 2014.

“Within weeks, Chris went from being a healthy man who was full of life as anyone I’ve ever met to a brain cancer patient who could not understand what had happened to him,” Milcendeau said. 

Her experience has motivated her to assist in finding a cure for the disease by raising awareness and funding for research. 

According to the National Brain Tumor Society, there are more than 120 different types of brain tumors and only four FDA-approved drugs and one device to treat brain tumors. Over the last 30 years, the mortality rate has changed very little.

McAleenan and Milcendeau plan to make the walk an annual event. Next year, they plan to open the event to people outside the Senators community. 

To learn more about brain tumors, go to the National Brain Tumor Society’s website at www.braintumor.org.