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Craig is fighting brain cancer and is on a mission! Mission: Restore 1959 Richardson Live-Aboard – Jane Doe. He will reside on Jane indefinitely. He is the 51st person to undergo surgery. 20% of tumor remains. Please help fullfill a dream!

OPERATION: Jane Doe


Mission: Restore 1959 Richardson 40' Offshore Live-Aboard – Jane Doe
 

Why: Craig is fighting brain cancer and currently living on Jane. He will reside on Jane indefinitely. He is the 51st person to undergo surgery. 20% of tumor remains. He is unable to work and needs your help... Please help fullfill a dream!
 

How: Elbow grease, sweat, time, countless hours of labor, volunteers, and donations.
 

Operation Jane Doe Details:
In 2009, after years of serving as a nationally respected VP, Sales in the trade show industry, and Sales Manager for various industry exposition agencies, Craig founded Castleman Candle Co. Following his unexpected battle with brain cancer in 2006, Craig knew that he wanted to create a purpose in his life that supported his family and fell in line with his personal environmental ideology. Now relocating his residence to Clearwater Beach Florida he will reside on his much-loved boat “Jane Doe”. Craig is no longer able to work and survives on a limited social security income. His Candle Company Castleman Candle Co. will be renamed Clearwater Candle Co. when his relocation to Florida is complete.
 

How to donate: Please visit www.GiveForward.org/JaneDoe
 

How to Volunteer: Please email Craig at Craig@CraigRodgers.com or Call 702-498-9275 to schedule a time slot.
 

How to Follow Jane’s Progress: Jane’s progress will be posted online at www.CraigRodgers.com 

BRAIN CANCER FACTS:

Astrocytomas are neoplasms of the brain that originate in star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes. This type of tumor doesn't usually spread outside the brain and spinal cord and it doesn't usually affect other organs. Astrocytomas are the most common glioma, and can occur in most parts of the brain and occasionally in the spinal cord. Astrocytomas originate from cells called astrocytes and are most commonly found in the main part of the brain, the cerebrum. People can develop astrocytomas at any age, but they are more prevalent in adults. Astrocytomas in the base of the brain are more common in young people. They account for roughly 75% of neuroepithelial tumors.[citation needed]


Astrocytoma Grade 2- Consist of are relatively slow-growing, usually considered benign that sometimes eveolve into more malignent or as highergrade tumors. They are prevalent in younger people who are often present with seizures. Median survival varies with the cell type of the tumor. Grade 2 astrocytomas are defined as being invasive gliomas, meaning that the tumor cells penetrate into the surrounding normal brain, making a surgical cure more difficult. People with oligodendrogliomas have better prognoses than those with mixed oligoastrocytomas, who in turn have better prognoses than patients with astrocytomas. Other factors which influence survival include age (younger the better) and performance status (ability to perform tasks of daily living). Due to the infiltrative nature of these tumors, recurrences are relatively common. Depending on the patient, radiation or chemotherapy after surgery is an option.


Diagnosis
A Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan is necessary to characterize the extent of these tumors (size, location, consistency). CT will usually show distortion of third and lateral ventricles with displacement of anterior and middle cerebral arteries. Histologic analysis is necessary for grading diagnosis.
In the first stage of diagnosis the doctor will take a history of symptoms and perform a basic neurological exam, including an eye exam and tests of vision, balance, coordination and mental status. The doctor will then require a computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the patient's brain. During a CT scan, x rays of the patient's brain are taken from many different directions. These are then combined by a computer, producing a cross-sectional image of the brain. For an MRI, the patient relaxes in a tunnel-like instrument while the brain is subjected to changes of magnetic field. An image is produced based on the behavior of the brain's water molecules in response to the magnetic fields. A special dye may be injected into a vein before these scans to provide contrast and make tumors easier to identify.
If a tumor is found, it will be necessary for a neurosurgeon to perform a biopsy on it. This simply involves the removal of a small amount of tumor tissue, which is then sent to a neuropathologist for examination and staging. The biopsy may take place before surgical removal of the tumor or the sample may be taken during surgery. Staging of the tumor sample is a method of classification that helps the doctor to determine the severity of the astrocytoma and to decide on the best treatment options. The neuropathologist stages the tumor by looking for atypical cells, the growth of new blood vessels, and for indicators of cell division called mitotic figures.


Treatment
For low grade astrocytomas, removal of the tumor will generally allow functional survival for many years. In some reports, the five-year survival has been over 90% with well resected tumors. Indeed, broad intervention of low grade conditions is a contested matter. In particular, pilocytic astrocytomas are commonly indolent bodies that may permit normal neurologic function. However, left unattended these tumors may eventually undergo neoplastic transformation. To date, complete resection of high grade astrocytomas is impossible because of the diffuse infiltration of tumor cells into normal parenchyma. Thus, high grade astrocytomas inevitably recur after initial surgery or therapy, and are usually treated similarly as the initial tumor. Despite decades of therapeutic research, curative intervention is still nonexistent for high grade astrocytomas; patient care ultimately focuses on palliative management.


Famous sufferers
Long-time U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) died of malignant glioma.[3] The course of his illness suggests GBM. After his initial seizure and subsequent diagnosis in May 2008, he chose aggressive treatment and survived 15 months.
2001 World Rally Championship winner Richard Burns was diagnosed with it after suffering a blackout while traveling to the 2003 Wales Rally GB. He died on 25 November 2005, four years to the day after winning the WRC Championship

 

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