Four and half years ago ago life took a drastic turn for our family when our mom, Laurie, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (stage 4 brain cancer), an extremely rare, cancerous brain tumor that impacts roughly 13,000 Americans yearly. It was at this point that we officially named ourselves #Teampollard, the strongest team to support one of the strongest woman we know. Against all odds (and statistics), our mom was able to live tumor free until February 2020 when a new tumor appeared. It was at this point she decided to do what she always does- fight like a warrior.
Entering into a clinical trial at Cedars Sinai, our mom had her second tumor removed surgically on Tuesday, March 3rd where they simultaneously injected a virus to help kill any remaining tumor cells, activating her immune system to do the fighting. While the recovery has been challenging, we are hopeful that this therapy will help to activate her body to fight round 2 of this battle.
As she continues to recover, we wanted to create a space to keep everyone on #TeamPollard updated on her progress. We will do our best to provide major updates on this website along with photos of progress along the way.
Mom's strength has been truly inspiring and we appreciate all of the support, thoughts, and prayers from family and friends throughout the journey. We like to say that is takes a team (and the grace of God) to fight cancer. My mom and our family are so fortunate to have of the strongest team we know. Thank you again.