The year is 2002, Meghan Korbecki’s life is thrown into turmoil. While preparing to give an employee orientation meeting at her former employer, Meghan quite literally collapsed and had a seizure.
The cause, determined by doctors in Chicago, was a grade 2 astrocytoma the size of a lime in her frontal lobe. Following a craniotomy, to remove as much of the tumor as possible – with no radiation or chemotherapy necessary, Meghan’s life simply returned to normal.
As the year’s went by, in an effort to make a difference for children sharing experiences similar to hers, Meghan began participating in 5K races benefitting children with brain tumors.
These small “steps” eventually led her to begin training for longer and tougher races such as the 2007 Chicago Marathon, and eventually an Ironman Triathlon, during which time she met and eventually became engaged to her husband, Bill.
It was during the engagement that Meghan, again, received another dose of devastating news. Her latest MRI scan showed a recurrence of a brain tumor.
After undergoing a second craniotomy and the introduction of radiation therapy, Meghan and Bill married in January of 2010.
Another five years passed, during which time Meghan and Bill completed 2 Ironman Triathlons, welcomed the addition of twins Zachary and Mackenzie, and Meghan transitioned her career into being a personal trainer to help others live healthy lifestyles. A true testament to Meghan’s mindset to overcome.
Next, as recently as August of 2015, Meghan’s life had been overturned again. It began with her beginning to drop things from her left hand and tripping with her left leg. The news from the doctor was dire. Meghan had been diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma, described by the American Brain Tumor Association as “usually highly malignant.” And due to the location of the tumor, surgery was not an option.
Since the diagnosis, the tumor has grown, and her doctors are unable to offer any one particular course of care. Currently Meghan and her husband Bill have been exploring a myriad of treatment options. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and is hoping that a new medication, not covered by insurance, will help. This medication is estimated to cost approximately $4,800 per month.
Needless to say, Meghan has shown an incredible level of tenacity and demonstrated a super human will to continue and never give up. Meghan and her husband Bill continue to hold on to every ounce of optimism they have left.
It is this strength and courage that helped shine a light on this couple’s plight. OnTarget Range has designated Meghan’s cause to be the recipient of funds collected through the OnTarget Cares program for the 2016 Winter quarter.
At OnTarget, we truly believe that we have the most caring and giving customers in the shooting industry and we know that through your generosity we can help alleviate some of the pressures faced by Meghan and her family.
Thomas J. Dorsch
Director of Operations