Sunday’s half marathon will benefit American Brain Tumor Association

Six-year-old Braeden Most’s mom, Colleen Flood, is running in the Sept. 15 Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia to raise money for the American Brain Tumor Association.

The organization’s research is important to Flood. Braeden, a kindergarten pupil at Our Lady of Calvary parish school, has an inoperable brain tumor.

The Mayfair boy has lost most of his peripheral vision, his mom said. However, the tumor can be controlled by chemotherapy, and it has shown signs of shrinkage. Some of Braeden’s vision has improved.

He was first diagnosed in late 2012 and now goes to weekly chemotherapy outpatient treatments at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The day after a treatment, Flood said, Braeden usually is ill.

The treatments and sick days have cost Braeden so much time away from school that he is repeating kindergarten this year, Flood said. But there’s some happier news on the school front.

Frank McArdle, Archbishop Ryan’s football coach, has invited Braeden to be the high school’s honorary player this season. Braeden will be №15.

When Flood runs in the Sept. 15 half marathon, she will be part of Team BreakThrough. Visit www.abta.org and search for “Team BreakThrough” for more information and to contribute to the cause.

Flood also is part of Team Pray for Brae, which will take part in CHOP’s Annual Cancer Parkway Run/Walk on Sept. 29. For more information, visit giving.chop.edu.

So far, Flood said, $1,700 has been raised for tumor research. ••