I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2004. It grew back in 2011. I've had five brain surgeries and years of physical therapy. I've been the Children's Hospital Champion for Colorado (2010) and done a TEDx talk on courage (2017) and had my story featured in TENNIS magazine. With the help of the amazing staff at Children's Hospital Colorado, I am living a normal life as a junior in college and am no longer an oncology patient. I am healthy. I'm a rock climber, tennis player, and a life-loving young woman. This is the short version of my story. I fought hard for 15 years and hasve suffered physical losses that no one can see but I know they are there. My path is never easy, but i am here. My story is one of hope.
This is why my family and I founded Peyton's Hope in 2012. It is a dedicated endowment fund at Children's Hospital Colorado that will raise money forever to find treatments and a ultimately a cure for brain tumors. I don't want anyone to go through what I have. But I know I am one of the lucky ones, and so my way of fighting back and fighting for others is to raise money toward a cure.
As a team, if we rasie more than $50,000 we can direct all our team's fundraising to Peyton' Hope. Really, $50,000 is a starting point. I hope we raise $80-100K. I know we can. Please donate to Peyton's Hope and fight brain tumors with us. Be a part; you will change lives by doing so.
My Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oycJEiXD_XUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oycJEiXD_XU
MY TEDx talk: https://tedxvail.com/2016/01/25/will-courage-survive-peyton-palermo-tedxvail/https://tedxvail.com/2016/01/25/will-courage-survive-peyton-palermo-tedxvail/