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Keeping the Faith

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Our journey started June 30, 2010 at 4:30 a.m. when we were sleeping soundly in our bed. Tanya, Gregg’s wife, woke up with Gregg at her side flailing in bed having a grand mal seizure 5 minutes long. Tanya awoke and called 911 and was on the phone with dispatchers counting his breathing and getting him on his side. Paramedics arrived on the scene and Gregg had another 4 minute seizure and was taken by EMS to Via-Christi St. Francis Code Red. Gregg arrived in the emergency department and a Cat scan was taken of his head. The X-Ray showed a 2 1/2 cm. mass in the right frontal lobe. Gregg and Tanya and his mom; Velma were devastated to hear this news. Gregg was put on seizure medication to control his seizures and was advised to proceed to brain surgery to resect/take out the mass. On July 2, 2010 at 7:30 a.m. Gregg went into a 3 1/2 hour surgery and a malignant brain tumor was removed. During the surgery we were told the tumor was encapsulated and had clean edges and was completly removed. The tumor was sent to Mayo Clinic for final diagnosis. Gregg went through 5 months of intense chemo in patient treatments and was given less than a 10% chance of survival. Gregg remained positive through the ordeal with the support of his wife, 8 year old son, 5 year old son with Down Syndrome, family and great friends. Through all of this we know God is sovereign and good. Gregg remains in remission today, exactly 2 years ago on the day of this Wichita race.