Eat Dinner At Park 101 In Carlsbad On January 20th And Help 16 Year Old LCCHS Student Fight Cancer

We’re thrilled to announce that Park 101 in Carlsbad has agreed to host the fundraising party–January 20th from 5pm-10pm–for Kira Stanley, the 16 year old La Costa Canyon High School student that was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Park 101 and the event are open to the public (even starting at 5pm, Park 101 open for normal business hours the entire day) – and all are encouraged to come by for as much or as little as they can.

ThereSanDiego is working with Park 101, Concept Surf Shop in Encinitas (where Kira worked as an instructor), and a team of volunteers eager to support Kira to make this a fun night of food, drinks, and support that the whole community can participate in.

In addition to the fantastic food and drink available at Park 101, there will be a raffle and silent auction of great products and services contributed by local businesses (businesses wishing to contribute to the raffle or silent auction should click here to contact the organizers).

Kira’s Story

Kira was very recently diagnosed with having a very aggressive,  inoperable brain tumor.

Only a few weeks away from her driver’s test, and super excited because she worked all summer to save enough money to buy her own car, Kira now unfortunately can’t see well enough to do so.

In a very short 5-week period she went from a normal and healthy teenager, to a kid fighting an incredibly difficult fight.

What started as mild double vision, escalated quickly to intense headaches, then dizziness. Several trips to various doctors and numerous tests eventually revealed a parent’s worst nightmare, a rare and aggressive form of cancerous tumor attached to Kira’s brain stem.

Optimism and Contribution

Despite learning of her condition only a few weeks ago, Kira remains very optimistic and happy. Amazingly, she’s already focused on contributing to others facing similar circumstances by creating the ‘Brain Tumor Hall Pass‘ movement.

A ‘Brain Tumor Hall Pass’ (hashtag #bthp), is the phrase Kira and her family started using when things get overwhelming for Kira and she wants to politely tell everyone she needs a break. Her tumor makes her particularly sensitive to light and sound, so being around friends and family can unfortunately become uncomfortable quite quickly.

Kira wants the ‘Brain Tumor Hall Pass’ to be a tool anyone with a brain tumor can use to ‘get a break’ when they need one.

Treatment Options

The conventional treatments available for Kira’s tumor don’t offer a lot of promise. After exhaustive research, Kira and her family decided on a treatment offered in Mexico that has shown the most promise by far. But, of course, that treatment isn’t covered by her family’s health insurance.

How You Can Help

In addition to the party at Park 101, there will be surf competition at 8am on January 20th at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, where Kira worked as a surf instructor.

Family and friends have also launched a store selling #bthp clothes, bracelets, and phone cases, and a GoFundMe campaign, to support the movement and raise funds for Kira’s treatment. Any additional funds will go toward the establishment of a ‘Brain Tumor Hall Pass Foundation’ to support brain cancer research and treatment programs.

Kira’s mom Wendy in her #bthp gear

If you pick up some #bthp gear, be sure to share some pics on social and use the hashtag so Kira can see – it will mean the world to her and her family!

You can keep up with her latest progress on her Facebook page.

See You at the Party!

Please mark your calendar for January 20th from 5pm-10pm for a great night of food, drink, and support for Kira.

See you there!

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