"I am Zoraida Snyder, 43 yr old WONDERWOMAN, mother of 3 AMAZING boys", those were my words to Dr. Friedman before going into the operating room in March of 2018 for an awake craniotomy to remove a brain tumor- BUT, I am not your regular patient - I am wonder woman - I am a fighter, I was born a fighter... and as it turns out, fighters need a team and an arsenal of weapons to win their battles and I was incredibly lucky to find my team at the Duke University Brain Tumor Center. Mine is a happy story. I had a gross total resection and I am doing great. I continue with physical therapy and weight training to restore strength to my left leg - and I am hopeful that perhaps I am able to jog the 5k along my family and friends, instead of walking it. But that is not the case for many people so for this reason, almost 2 years later I have found the courage to open up and share my journey with the world. My 13 year old son Nicholas encouraged me not to be afraid, but to speak out and pay it forward. As part of his Mitzvah project, he pledged to make a difference in his family, in his community, and in the world.
In his own words, "I have decided to participate in the "Angels Among Us" 5k run/walk in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, on April 25th, 2020, at Duke University. This walk benefits the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. I wanted to raise money for them because of the great work they do and how they helped my mom and others when they had a brain tumor. We all feel so grateful and happy to have her here right now and we are so incredibly grateful for the care she received. So, we want to give back to those people who saved my mom so that they can continue to save others".
Please help us to "pay it forward" and find a cure for brain tumors. We are so thankful for the doctors and staff at Duke - for their care and for their research. Your gift to Angels Among Us will go directly into research labs to support the development of new therapies and innovative treatment techniques being developed right now. These funds are critical in the fight against brain tumors. I am living proof!!
Ask, Believe, and you shall RECEIVE. At Duke ... there is HOPE. And their research, my friends, is what Wonderwoman banks on!
With much love,
Zoraida, Barry, Nicholas, Harry and Will Snyder