Children's Tumor Foundation

December is a fun time of year at 88 that we all look forward to. Besides the holiday hijinks that run through the agency, we are all tasked to donate and participate in a cause that has special meaning to us. This year was no exception.

I decided to donate my $500 to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which funds research, provides support and expands knowledge for Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects one in every 3,000 people. This is a personal cause that I feel honored to be able to donate to.

There are three types of Neurofibromatosis: NF, NF1 and NF2. NF1 is the most common variation. Symptoms vary but can include light brown skin spots, freckling, softening of the bones and tumors in the brain or spine. This is a just brief list of common symptoms; for more information, visit

I feel fortunate to be able to donate the $500 to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, but I wanted do something more.

A few years ago I participated in a couple marathons and several half marathons throughout the city of Chicago and around the Midwest. Unfortunately, all the running stopped due to a back injury and a few years later a broken ankle. After months of recovery due to ankle surgery, I feel I am ready put on the running shoes again!

Tom at the finish line with parents

On May 12, 2019, I will be running the Fredericton half marathon in New Brunswick, Canada. Preceding the event, I’ll be collecting donations on behalf of the Children’s Tumor Foundation. It’s a great opportunity to run for an organization that I have a connection to.

Stay tuned to find out how I did in May!

Run for Children's Tumor Foundation