Giant inflatable brain at Henry Ford Hospital

Posted at 4:16 PM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 16:16:37-04

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and Henry Ford Health System is one of the largest brain cancer centers in the country.

They rolled out with a large inflatable brain that you can walk in.

Dr. Jim Snyder is a Neuro-Oncologist at Henry Ford Hospital.

"Exciting opportunity to learn about the different areas of the brain," he said.

You can see where your sensory regions and motor skills are located and how tumors can affect it.

"Examples of different types of brain tumors and pathology or disease that could affect the brain throughout the inside and outside of the brain," Dr. Synder explained. "Understand how a tumor can affect a person and how they function because you can see the tumors in different areas of the brain and then there are those notations about what that area does."

Experts say nearly 78,000 new cases of primary brain tumors will be diagnosed this year, so it's important to bring awareness.

"Just thankful to still be here to share my story," said Danielle Gillespie, a 7 year survivor.

She was just 23 when she was diagnosed.

Her tumor was the size of an orange and it hasn't returned.

She said, "Been getting scanned every couple of months and thank God still empty hole."

Now she is an ER nurse - wife and a mother of two girls.

Danielle got a chance to check the inflatable brain.

"Just to see it in 3D is awesome because you look at the MRI pictures but there all 2D, they are flat so to see it all in one big form is pretty cool," she added.

The inflatable brain will be at the Kensington Metropark in Milford Saturday morning for the American Brain Tumor Associations 5K run.