On March 16, 2013, I, Michael Alan (Yubeta) will be the team captain of the "I'm Uncle Michael Team"  participating in the Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk. In 2012, more than 1,600 people participated in this event and raised over $175,000 to support the fight against brain tumors.
 
Funds raised through this event help the National Brain Tumor Society to drive strategic research initiatives aimed at finding new therapies as quickly as possible, and empower the brain tumor community to advocate for vital government programs and policies that will result in better treatments and quality of life for those affected by brain tumors. Registration is now open! 
 
This event is VERY PERSONAL to me. You see I am a brain tumor patient. I have Stage 4 Glioblastoma, Malformed.  Glioblastoma Malformed (GBM) is the most common and deadliest of malignant primary brain tumors in adults. Classified as a Grade IV (most serious) astrocytoma, GBM develops from the lineage of star-shaped glial cells, called astrocytes that support nerve cells. The cause is unknown, but increasingly research is pointing toward genetic mutations. The median survival rate is 15 months. The 5 year survival rate is 4%.
 
All that being disclosed, let me tell you about my personal situation. I was first diagnosed and underwent surgery in 2005. Over the course of various treatments I have undergone 3 surgeries to remove the reoccurring tumor. My most recent surgery was January 3, 2012. (A year before to the day that I am authoring this letter.)  I have received radiation therapy. At present I am undergoing treatment through the use of Keppra, Avastin and Temodar. I have met many others being treated for various different forms of cancer. Some I still know. Others have moved on so to speak. As on December 2012, I have survived Glioblastoma 7 years. As far as I know there is no know survival statistic for my condition.
 
How is this possible?
 
I believe itís because The Great Physician has placed me in the hands of those at The Center for Neuroscience, in Tucson AZ. Their expertise and personal care for my condition has helped me live long past the normal survival rate. Itís because of them and the generosity of people like yourselves who support event like the Bain Tumor Walk, and the mercy of The Good Lord that I am living on borrowed time.     
 
Between now and March I will be raising money for the Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk. Your contribution and/or participation are key in helping people like myself live to see another day.
 
Please visit my Brain Tumor Walk website and do what you can to help us fight this monster.
 
 
Pictures from the 2012 Brain Tumor Walk  
 
 
 
Michael Alan Yubeta
CANCER WARRIOR
 
 
A "Ruler of the World" production.