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D-Rex Rocks!

Updated: May 19, 2022

Hello D-Rex Defenders family and friends!

I am posting this later than planned folks. May is brain cancer awareness month and we still have time! We have a NEW way you can help us in this fight to cure brain cancer: participate in D-Rex Rocks! Here is how it works:

Paint a rock, or rocks with waterproof paint and tape a message under the rock. The message reads "D-Rex ROCKS. Like our page and post your rock on our Facebook page and add the link. Keep or re-hide. Fighting for a cure"! UPDATE: THE CORRECT FACEBOOK LINK FOR THE MESSAGE IS (I printed out my messages and taped them to the rock using Gorilla Tape). Keep in mind I did not get the artsy gene and I am sure there are more creative ways to do this. Then we sprayed the rocks with water seal spray like Thompson’s.

When I go for a walk or run errands, I bring at least a rock or two with me to hide. Going on a much-needed summer vacation? Take the rock(s) with you and hide once you get to your destination. My hope is once people find the rock, they will go to our Facebook page and learn more about Derek, brain cancer and join our D-Rex Defenders Team! We could have D-Rex Defenders across the globe! Let’s get started. Gather your friends and family around the table and start painting for a cure. Happy hiding😊

Here is what you should know:

· In 2022, an estimated 2,960 people in North Carolina will be diagnosed with a primary brain or other central nervous system tumor.

· It is estimated that 850 of those cases will be malignant.

· Approximately 497 people from North Carolina die annually due to a brain or other central nervous system tumor.

· Brain tumors change everything for a patient and their loved ones. They can significantly impact quality of life, and they are often deadly.

· Brain tumors do not discriminate, afflicting people of all races and ethnicities.

· Despite the number of people diagnosed each year with a brain tumor, there are only five FDA approved drugs and one device available to treat brain tumors.

· Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children and in men, ages 20-39. Ninety percent of our active service members are under the age of 40.

· An estimated 700,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor, and 88,970 more will be diagnosed in 2022. Approximately 18,200 people in the United States will die this year due to a brain or other central nervous system tumor.


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