Lanette is a 2017 Hon Kachina 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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Warrior Ribbon

Wear your ribbons! Be a voice & talk about tumors. It’s May and that means it’s brain tumor awareness month. The ribbon in the photo is a ribbon my sweet BRAINGL CHRISTINA gave me while she battled. Her stepdad made it so we could share awareness in the neighborhood, we had matching ones.  Today it…

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3rd Annual Java Junkie Celebration at Dutch Bros

You have may have heard me talk about my dear friend David M. Bailey – The Java Junkie. David was a celebrated musician, coffee lover, and brain cancer survivor. David was diagnosed with the worst type of brain cancer – Glioblastoma (GBM) – and was given only a weeks to live. David, however wasn’t going to…

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Happy Heart’s Day

Happy Hearts Day Brain Buddies! February 14th represents a day of love and I always loved making it a special day for my kids growing up with little notes and fun activities. I feel like everyone celebrates Christmas or Hanukkah or the New Year but no one really, I mean really celebrates “Happy Hearts Day!”. To…

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There was support! I was not alone.

It was my honeymoon weekend that we attend our first brain tumor support group together. It was the 2001 Florida Brain Tumor Association conference. In 2000 I attended a BT conference in CA. It caused me to want more. At that event, I heard this GBM survivor named David M Bailey sing a song called…

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Stinky monkey feet

. My car has a leak UGH! Arrived at dealership checked in and started my wait. My “IF ONLY FOR ONE” begins. I see this little boy who I now know is Max. He was hanging out with his mom and her boyfriend. The room is large but filled with lots of customers ready to…

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Keeping Record

If you have followed my journey, or if I have visited you on your journey you know I am an advocate for keeping your records. Having your medical information within reach is vital. I suggest creating 2 books one for you and a backup for a caregiver. Maintaining medical records makes it easier to provide…

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Gray Matters Basket Raffle Fundraiser 2017

Hi guys, we are so excited to announce the date for the basket raffle this year which will be held on Saturday Oct 27th, 2017! We have another BIG change to announce as well. Our event has grown so much over the past few years (which is great!) and so this year we are trying…

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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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