Hello Friends and Family,
At the start of our year, Northeastern University Swimming and Diving participates in Swim Across America. SAA is an annual event dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
This year’s event is particularly meaningful for my family. I am humbled to swim in honor of my uncle, Kurt Schnabel. In September of 2017, Kurt was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Through surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted treatments, Kurt has been a fighter. His strength and positive attitude in the face of adversity inspires our whole family. Every time I see him he has a smile on his face, and he never fails to spread his happiness with those around him.
Kurt works at Boston Consulting Group, and has taken time off to pursue treatment. He loved to spend his free time long distance cycling, playing his guitar, and taking on various building and construction projects. Kurt and his family recently moved into a beautiful new house that he played a vital role in designing and building.
Funding for cancer research is critical for the development of new and innovative treatments that improve quality of life. Within the past 10-15 years, researchers have developed a groundbreaking treatment for glioblastoma that Kurt currently receives. The localized treatment sends low-grade electrical fields to targeted areas in his brain. These fields destroy cancerous cells as they divide. This specific treatment has few, if any of the negative side effects felt from chemotherapy and radiation.
Kurt has certainly made the best of life after his diagnosis. He still loves to play his guitar, and he enjoys spending time outside on walks. He also loves spending time with his family in their wonderful new home. He has not missed a single family event, and he was even able to fly out to California for his daughter’s wedding. His strength, determination, resilience, and optimism are remarkable. If you can, please join me in celebrating his continued progress and perseverance by supporting my swim in his name. Your support means a lot to my family. Thank you!