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2011 Baltimore Marathon

It all started with the compelling story and determination of one patient, John Petrovick, a 24 year old law school student at UMBC. In 2008, the same year he was training for his first marathon, John was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in the right frontal lobe of his brain. One year later, despite the surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, he ran a full marathon and raised more than $ 10,000 for Dr. Q’s research. He ran again in 2010 and raised another $5,000.

John’s dedication to the lab inspired Dr. Q and members of his lab. In 2011, Dr. Q created a running team, mostly comprised of young students from the lab, and decided to run with John. For the first time in ten years, Dr. Q started running again. He began training a few times per week to prepare for the race. The night before the marathon, Dr. Q, his lab team, and a few patients gathered for a carbo load dinner at Germano’s in Little Italy.

The next morning, the team gathered at a meeting place to prepare for the race. The weather that day was perfect for the run. Despite being injured, Dr. Q finished the half-marathon in two hours and six minutes. Even more impressive was John’s performance—only five months after another operation with Dr. Q and one week after an exhausting session of chemotherapy, he finished the half-marathon in one hour and 57 minutes!!
Alicia Cignatta, another patient of Dr. Q’s, also participated in the race. She says, “I wanted to do this because the key to us surviving longer with a better quality of life is through research like that of Dr. Q’s. We need to uncover what makes our brain tumors tick.” When asked if she plans to do more fund raising events in the future, she replied, “yes, absolutely!”

Dr. Q and his team plan to make the marathon fundraiser an annual event. We hope to make this event bigger and better next year. If you want to help us cure brain cancer, join our running team , Q’s Quest, next year. You can also help us by creating your own fundraiser or by making a donation. - Blog by Jennifer Williams

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John's Eulogy

I am so arrogant and so controlling that yes I wrote my own eugoogly. I really wanted to say things. I’m not sure what the turnout looks like but I want to tell all of you some of the guiding principles in my life. There are about 20 things I can say I did every day that made me the way I am.
· • Laugh,
· • get under someone’s skin for sport,
· • make a provocative statement which may be true,
· • tell a very descriptive story,
· • make a joke at someone else’s expense,
· • laugh,
· • cry,
· • get angry,
• over extend yourself,
• give unsolicited advice,
• get stressed for no reason,
• find one current event to form a crazy opinion on and tell everyone you can think of,
• laugh,
• cry,
• and love the people in your life

Today you came for some reason but I liked to think you’d be here to honor what I wanted. I had every right to not write a word to anyone. I had every right to not see anyone. And I had every right to quit so long ago. I don’t know who is here obviously, but I hope that whoever is here, and whoever wanted to be here is what I imagined I left behind. And that is an army of people who knew that I loved them as much as I could. Who will always remember me as I hoped they would and not whatever I became as my mind wilted away or as my strength disappeared. And I’d also ask that when you shed tears, when you get angry or feel agony, when you want to look at the sky with anger and want to shout, that instead you use that energy to make a difference in a way that aligns with the goal I have had all along. That goal was to have people I met think they were a little better for having known me. Guess I was the first one to go to bed at this party but don’t worry I’ll see you all on the other side. Count on it.

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