Scare Brain Cancer Away 5k is a run/walk with funds going to an individual suffering from brain cancer. This year’s recipient will be Tonya Cyrkin. Tonya is the wife of Josh and mother of Alex and 9th grader Haylie.
Diagnosed in 2012 with a glioblastoma, Tonya’s brain cancer has taken a different path, that being to attack her spine. Doctors had been at a loss as to how to proceed in treating her cancer as chemo and radiation had not been successful. The tumor on her spine had continued to grow and it was decided the best approach would be to remove part of her spine. This was done on October 6, 2016.
Now Tonya is working with occupational therapists and physical therapy specialists. Because of her determination to become more independent and have a somewhat normal life she is now known as a “Rock Star”. Tonya will never walk again and at present is confined to a hospital bed hoping and praying that her next MRI will give her some positive news.
This is a fast flat course through the village of East Rochester. It is very well marked with 2 water stops and tons of support from the residents of the village.