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Sunday’s half marathon will benefit American Brain Tumor Association

Six-year-old Braeden Most’s mom, Colleen Flood, is run­ning in the Sept. 15 Rock ’n’ Roll Half Mara­thon in Phil­adelphia to raise money for the Amer­ic­an Brain Tu­mor As­so­ci­ation.

The or­gan­iz­a­tion’s re­search is im­port­ant to Flood. Braeden, a kinder­garten pu­pil at Our Lady of Cal­vary par­ish school, has an in­op­er­able brain tu­mor.

The May­fair boy has lost most of his peri­pher­al vis­ion, his mom said. However, the tu­mor can be con­trolled by chemo­ther­apy, and it has shown signs of shrink­age. Some of Braeden’s vis­ion has im­proved.

He was first dia­gnosed in late 2012 and now goes to weekly chemo­ther­apy out­pa­tient treat­ments at Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al of Phil­adelphia. The day after a treat­ment, Flood said, Braeden usu­ally is ill.

The treat­ments and sick days have cost Braeden so much time away from school that he is re­peat­ing kinder­garten this year, Flood said. But there’s some hap­pi­er news on the school front. 

Frank McArdle, Arch­bish­op Ry­an’s foot­ball coach, has in­vited Braeden to be the high school’s hon­or­ary play­er this sea­son. Braeden will be No. 15.

When Flood runs in the Sept. 15 half mara­thon, she will be part of Team Break­Through. Vis­it www.abta.org and search for “Team Break­Through” for more in­form­a­tion and to con­trib­ute to the cause. 

Flood also is part of Team Pray for Brae, which will take part in CHOP’s An­nu­al Can­cer Park­way Run/Walk on Sept. 29. For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it giv­ing.chop.edu. 

So far, Flood said, $1,700 has been raised for tu­mor re­search. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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