This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the annual Escape to Thrive conference hosted by the Bag It Cancer organization. What a wonderful few days! As one of 30 selected attendees, the event created a safe space to learn, share and build new relationships with advocates in all cancer circles. Our weekend…

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This is Thomas P McAlvanah City Attorney for the City of Zephyrhills. This was 16 years ago before falling victim to #GBM I only met him through his wife Kris one of my best friends in the #braintumor community These tumors don’t discriminate they are brutal even to the brilliant. Through this tragedy, we have chosen to find beauty. Kris…

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Do you have a question about IvyBrainTumorCenters Phase 0 clinical trials or just a general question about a #braintumor diagnosis? Be sure to tune in at 9 am (PST) on July 17 as @NaderSanai and his team of experts will be taking all your questions live on Facebook for #NationalGlioblastomaDay.

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This March I had the opportunity to attend the AACR (American Association for Cancer Research) Annual Meeting as a participant in the Scientist↔Survivor Program. As a 20 year brain tumor survivor, I have spent the better part of the last two decades supporting and educating those affected by brain tumors. Being accepted into the SSP…

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After learning of Senator McCain’s passing yesterday, it triggered reflection and some sadness.  Let me explain. I love encouraging and sharing support. I believe it is what I was created to do, however this calling comes with a price. When you help those who are living with a disease that has no cure building relationships is…

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I made a hospital brainbuddie visit.  The patient learned the GBM has possibly returned and  she needs surgery to determine if its treatment effect or tumor.   I brought a few goodies and some items to brighten the room.  I decorated the room engaged in conversation and then!    Bless her heart the tears and…

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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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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 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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“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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