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Category: Patient Stories

Brain cancer survivor is on a mission to provide support to others living with the disease
Lanette Veres, who was first diagnosed with brain cancer 24 years ago, knows the overwhelming sense of fear and isolation when faced with a brain tumor diagnosis. As the founder of the Gray Matters Foundation and the official support partner of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, Lanette has made it her mission to support others facing the disease.
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Glioblastoma Diagnosis Leads Family To Make Every Day Meaningful
In honor of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Amber Jackson, wife of brain cancer patient, Tim Jackson, recounts her husband's journey with glioblastoma and asks for your support of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center's mission to contribute to a cure for brain cancer within this decade.
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Going Coast to Coast for Brain Cancer Research
In honor of Nate and his courageous battle with GBM, Dr. Tedesco has decided to bike across the country to support the innovative research at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow. Through his ride, Dr. Tedesco hopes to inspire others to do something to honor a loved one with brain cancer.
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Ian Youngblood is Thriving After Brain Cancer Diagnosis
In the spring of 2020, 29-year-old nurse and former firefighter, Ian Youngblood was on the frontlines in New York helping with the influx of COVID-19 patients. While he was there, Ian began experiencing some alarming symptoms. Within days, he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Now, Ian's prognosis is stable and he is back to living a busy and active lifestyle.
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StacheStrong Supports Innovative Glioblastoma Research at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center
The Gerner family of New York founded StacheStrong in honor of GJ Gerner who was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Since 2019, StacheStrong has raised over $1.5M to fund clinical trials and research grants all going towards brain cancer research. Read about the Gerner family’s inspirational story.
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Glioblastoma Patient Story: UK Mother Finds Hope in Arizona at Ivy Brain Tumor Center
In December 2019, Louise Hulme, a mother of two living in the United Kingdom, was diagnosed with glioblastoma. Like many of us, Louise spent a majority of the following year in lockdown due to COVID-19; however, what Louise did with her time was something very unique.
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John VanGundy’s Battle with Glioblastoma
In August of 2019, John VanGundy went to his primary care doctor for what he thought to be a simple sinus infection. He later learned his symptoms were being caused by something much more serious – a malignant brain tumor.
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A 1,500-Mile Journey to Ivy Brain Tumor Center
Ryan Masales, a Canadian police officer, was diagnosed with an aggressive stage 4 brain tumor, known as glioblastoma. After exhausting all conventional treatments in Canada, Ryan and his wife, Estelize began seeking other options. It was through their research that they found the Ivy Brain Tumor Center and began their 1,500 mile journey from Canada to Arizona to enroll in a unique Ivy Phase 0 clinical trial.
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Westy’s Wish: An Open Letter from the Wife of NBA Hall of Famer, Paul Westphal
In honor of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Cindy Westphal, wife of basketball Hall of Famer, Paul Westphal, recalls her husband's journey with glioblastoma and asks for your support of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center's mission to contribute to a cure for brain cancer within this decade.
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Mother of Three Survives “Inoperable” Brain Tumor
Five doctors told Melissa her brain tumor was inoperable. After thinking she had exhausted all of her options, she visited the Ivy Brain Tumor Center and her life changed forever.
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