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What's your fight? ArkLaTex woman takes up battle after losing father to cancer

Posted: Updated: Sep 2, 2013 07:00 PM
Kathleen Clarke began her plight to learn more and raise money for the research of gliomatosis cerebri shortly after her father, Daryn, was diagnosed. Kathleen Clarke began her plight to learn more and raise money for the research of gliomatosis cerebri shortly after her father, Daryn, was diagnosed.
Daryn Clarke was a 5th degree black belt in karate and as fit as they come when he was hit with the diagnosis. Daryn Clarke was a 5th degree black belt in karate and as fit as they come when he was hit with the diagnosis.
MINDEN, LA (KSLA) -

A young Claiborne Parish woman is waging an all-out fight against a rare form of cancer. And she's doing so on behalf of her father who, a year ago, was diagnosed with gliomatosis cerebri.

Kathleen Clarke began her plight to learn more and raise money for the research of gliomatosis cerebri shortly after her father, Daryn, was diagnosed.

"Is it because my Dad was a rare, special person that he had to die a rare special way? I don't know," says Kathleen just weeks after her father finally succumbed to the disease this past July.

Daryn Clarke was a 5th degree black belt in karate and as fit as they come when he was hit with the diagnosis. However survival of this form of brain cancer is difficult and most are only given 12 months to live.

"It still catches you in moments, "says a tearful Leslie Clarke, Daryn's wife. "It's hard to believe, you won't ever see this person again."

However, she can't help but smile when talking about her daughter's effort to make others aware of gliomatosis cerebri and her fundraising. Last fall during fundraisers at LSU football games in Baton Rouge, Kathleen raised over $5,000. The money was later donated to Elizabeth's Hope in New York. Medical experts there are researching this rare form of brain cancer.

"My fight is to beat and find research for this cancer. Even though Dad lost his battle, the war is still on, "says Kathleen.

Daryn's brain has been donated to researchers at Elizabeth's Hope. His brain is only the 2nd brain to be donated to the research of this rare brain cancer.

"It means the world to me that I can make a difference, that the research is going somewhere. It's on tract," adds Kathleen.

For more information on Kathleen's work on behalf of her father, just click on her Facebook page: Whats Your Fight.

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