Tara is doing something…
It was a routine eye exam that led to the discovery that Tara Gordon Lipton’s six-year-old son, Walker, had a brain tumor. Life was turned upside down in an instant.
After being diagnosed with medulloblastoma, Walker’s tumor was removed and followed up with an intense series of treatments that saved his life – and left a lasting impact on the Lipton family. Today, Tara continues to help others impacted by this terrifying diagnosis through her work with the Children’s Brain Tumor Project among other philanthropic efforts.
“Walker is my youngest of four children. Upon diagnosis, I became fiercely protective of my child, stopping at absolutely nothing to ensure he was getting the best care,” said Tara.
His tumor was surgically removed by Dr. Mark Souweidane, and Dr. Jeff Greenfield, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and he followed up with an effective, albeit brutal, treatment protocol.
“It was hell. I had to resist the urge to run away every day we walked into clinic, but then when the elevator doors opened to reveal hundreds of kids on the oncology floor I realized that I can never turn a blind eye to this shocking reality,” Tara said. “I vowed that once we got through our own journey, I would continue to help others impacted by the disease.”
Today, Tara advocates for more research funding that will advance treatment options for children with rare and inoperable brain tumors. On October 16, 2018, Tara chaired “No Laughing Matter – A Night of Comedy in Support of the Children’s Brain Tumor Project” at Carolines on Broadway. The fundraiser was a huge success with a hilarious line-up (including Ali Wentworth, Jessica Kirson and Jim Gaffigan), raising $450,000 for research. Visit nolaughingmatter2018.org for more information.
“I am forever indebted to Dr. Greenfield and Dr. Souweidane for saving my son’s life. I want to enable them to give that gift to more families impacted by this disease.”
Tara is doing something. You can do something, too. Donate to the Children’s Brain Tumor Project today.