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A Letter from the Carrs and Mosiers

The month of May brings a sense of renewal, with warmer weather, blooming flowers, and a celebration of mothers. But for families like ours, May is better known as Brain Tumor Awareness Month. There is a certain harmony in matching the spring season of new beginnings and more daylight with efforts to shine a brighter light on DIPG, the devastating cancer that’s responsible for almost half of all pediatric brain cancer deaths each year.

With our official unification as the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation, we are already seeing the powerful synergies that exist by our families coming together. We have worked together for years as funding partners. Now, standing alongside our Family Partners who channel their energy and determination for this fight in honor of their children, we take our partnership to the next level as we work hand-in-hand each day to increase research funding and elevate awareness about DIPG. We are eager to share some exciting news on this front later this month, so stay tuned! We also are seeking your help.

We ask for you to #GoGoldAndGrayEveryDay with us. May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, but for us every day is focused on this disease. Gold is the color of childhood cancer awareness, and gray is the color of brain tumor awareness. We combine these together to highlight the desperate need for focused attention on pediatric brain cancer, the deadliest form of childhood cancer.

What tangible steps can you take to help? We encourage you to get involved in our Superhero 6K race event (all virtual this year), which helps the Mosiers to endure the anniversary of Michael’s passing, just as the RunTough event in September helps the Carrs recognize Chad’s birthday. You can still register for our virtual Superhero 6K, with flexibility to walk, run, or do whatever activity you choose anytime between May 15 and May 31. May 17 will mark the 6-year anniversary of Michael’s death and is also recognized as DIPG Awareness Day across more than 30 states and by the U.S. Senate. Anniversary dates like these are so hard for families, but having something positive to focus on helps to ease the pain.

We also have social media frames and infographics that you can use to help us spread the #GoGoldAndGrayEveryDay movement. Your involvement will help us expand our reach and motivate others to join the fight!

With Chad and Michael always inspiring us, along with every child we have come to know and love who has been impacted by this disease, our commitment to making an impact is stronger than ever. It is our goal to inspire a movement that goes beyond just May. Your shared passion for finding a cure, and support for the mission of our foundation, provides more comfort and support than you likely will ever realize. We thank you for standing with us to Defeat DIPG. We are tougher together.


Thank you,

Tammi & Jason Carr and Jenny & Mark Mosier