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Q&A: Bryn Mawr's Allison Bishof


Allison Bishof, 47, Bryn Mawr
Top individual fundraiser for the National Brain Tumor Society’s 2012 Race for Hope*

Coolest thing about her experience: I got to meet a lot of fascinating people who, like me, are brain-tumor survivors.

The last thing she read: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. 

The last thing she ate that she loved: An amazing cassoulet at A la Maison in Ardmore

Role model: I really admire Beth Ann Telford. She is also a brain-tumor survivor, and in this past year, she completed the Kona Ironman Competition in Hawaii. 

What she likes most about herself: The fact that I can relate to a lot of different people. I’m shy, but I’m able to communicate with people on their level. 

What she loves most in others: I appreciate that, no matter what people’s conditions are in life, we all share the gift of humor. 

Words to live by: Time flies when you’re in a coma. Don’t take life for granted, especially with a brain tumor. You have to get out there and do what you have to do.

* Bishof raised $38,677 on her own. Her team, Allison’s NumbSkulls, collected $43,250.

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