2015 Honorees

Travis Dupper

Travis DupperI will never forget that morning. I was just doing my normal routine, jogging on the treadmill. I remember feeling really weak and my feet came out from under me. I hit my head on the treadmill and knocked myself out. Not knowing at the time that I just had my first seizure. /p>

Two days later, March 22nd, 2016, I went to visit the doctor where I had different tests run. Everything came back normal, which led the doctor to believe that I had a seizure and ordered an MRI. Coming from a smaller community I knew that MRI tech; it was my wife. I knew something wasn't right when I was told I had to have dye to finish up the scans and my wife wasn't doing the injections. After the MRI, I came out to see my wife in tears and that's when she told me I had a mass in my brain. We met with the doctor and he told us that I had a brain tumor.

We decided to go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. This is where we were given the option of wait and see, or surgery. We chose surgery and I went in for surgery on April 12th with a complete resection, and walked out on April 14th. A couple weeks later I went through radiation and chemo. I finished the chemo on Christmas Eve of 2016, which made Christmas Day very special for me.

I am now doing six month MRI's and everything has been stable, which in the brain tumor/cancer world, is a great thing to hear.