Heather Marie Roberts 9/13/1979 - 11/8/2016
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Mission StatementLeap-For-A-Cure is a grass-roots effort to benefit the Omaha community with Brain Cancer awareness, education, and treatment. Our family was placed in an unenviable situation when our daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer in April 2008. Shortly after her diagnosis and surgeries, we created Leap-For-A-Cure and have never looked back. Our efforts have raised over $850,000 since July 2008, and we continue to gain momentum. Every donation remains in Omaha, benefiting the community.
Few people ever think the unexpected will actually happen to them, and we were no different. However, in April of 2008, the unexpected became our reality. Our daughter, Heather, was diagnosed with Stage 3: Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain cancer. On April 24, 2008, she had her first of two surgeries to retract her tumor; her second surgery was June 12, 2008. Even though both surgeries were considered successful, the entire tumor could not be retracted. She completed 6 weeks of radiation with low dose Temador and then completed 11 months of high dose Temador (chemo). After 11 months, her body said, "No more!" Her tumor remained "stable" until March 2014. After additional specialized radiation and another year of chemo, she was "stable" once again. It all sounds so easy, but it is not. Seizures, swelling, steroids, Avastin (which had to be stopped because of side-effects) followed her re-diagnosis. Heather remained a fighter as she took her last breath on November 8, 2016.
We always believed Heather was destined to be the living proof of medical advancements for this dreadful disease. And we still believe that in a small way, she was. She beat cancer on so many levels, just not the level she needed to remain with us.
In the end, she knew how many people loved her and how many people she inspired to live a more meaningful life. So many were touched with her honesty, positive outlook on life, twisted sense of humor, and hope for a future. Her lessons remain in our hearts and give us a path to follow.
Now, her one "dream" donation is being fulfilled: a therapy pool. The dedication opening is October 2, 2017: Heather's Healing Pad. She will continue to provide hope for many brain trauma patients in the Omaha community.
Leap-For-A-Cure was organized to help benefit awareness so that early detection and treatment plans can add years to lives and treat the disease. Too often, people live their lives thinking that "it" always happens to "other" people. Our family is proof that the "other" person can easily become anyone.
Funds collected for Leap-For-A-Cure are donated to improve awareness, education, and treatment of brain cancer in the Omaha community and especially at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. All donations are tax deductible. We want this disease to give hope, not death, to its many victims.
Each donation may be one small step for brain cancer awareness, but many donations become one giant LEAP-FOR-A-CURE!
Founded in July 2008 by the family of Heather Roberts, Leap-For-A-Cure is associated with the Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation, which serves as Leap-For-A-Cure's fiscal sponsor.