Posts by Lanette

Lanette’s Story

“Let us tell you about Lanette, the Founder and President of the Gray Matters Foundation. We are her friends and supporters.” Lanette Veres was born in and grew up in Arizona, where the GrayMatters Foundation is based. After graduating from Maryvale High School she began her career in the banking industry. She married and became…

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19 Years Ago Brain Surgery Began

It was the morning of 9-2-98 Micheal drove me to Barrow and we checked in to pre-op. Some things you never forget.  My dad had given me a shirt that said don’t forget your dad loves you and it had his photo on the front so I made sure I was wearing that so he…

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How Can You Help? Donate Stamps and Stickers

In an early blog we mentioned  Red Mtn Highschools Bio Tech club called Stem created a BRAIN TUMOR AWARENESS and fundraiser campaign for us.  We want to open this for Public participation. The Gray Matters foundation is a nonprofit organization created to support and empower brain tumor patients and their loved ones through encouragement and…

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Students Create Campus Brain Tumor Awareness Campaign

May is Brain Cancer Awareness month & the Biotech Club at Red Mountain High school has teamed up with the Gray Matters Foundation to help STAMP out Brain Cancer.     The Gray Matters foundation is a nonprofit organization created to support and empower brain tumor patients and their loved ones through encouragement and personal outreach.…

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Brain Buddie Survivor Story: John Van Wagner

My name is John Van Wagner and May 30th 1995 after an 8.5 hour surgery I was told I had a menigioma brain tumor.   It was benign  but it  wrapped around my facial nerve and left my face almost completly paralyzed.  I had to endure reconstructive surgery and thankfully was able to regain some movement…

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Lanette is a 2017 Hon Kachina Award Recipient

Congratulations to The Gray Matters Foundation’s own Lanette Veres a 2017 Hon Kachina Award Recipient! Presented in Phoenix, Arizona annually since 1977, the Hon – or healing – Kachina Volunteer Awards program is designed to honor people making significant volunteer contributions to the healthcare field and to increase public awareness about volunteerism. Out of 100 applicants, it is…

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Looking Back to Where I Got “The Call”

Sunday 11-27-16 My friend took me to a christmas performance downtown and We decided to have some lunch before heading home.  We tossed around a few places and she suggested Sauce.  I immediately thought of the location that used to be my office and was now converted to the restaurant.  There is a  BOFA  branch…

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The Night Before My First Brain Surgery – 18 Years Ago

18 yrs ago tonight I would await  my first brain surgery to take place bright and early in the morning.  Micheal and I  stayed at Hilton Suites  near the hospital to make sure we were set for success in the morning. That evening I sat writing notes & cards for all my friends & family…

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Iris W Kirk Gone 24yrs and Missed More Than Ever

Today is a bitter sweet TONGUESATTUMORS TUESDAY it marks 24yrs since I watched my grandma’s death by a brain tumor. It would be her passing from such a horrific disease that would spark my passion to be a voice for the BT cause. The bigger piece to this moment in time would be- 24 years…

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