Walking Virtually & Passionately In Honor of our Friends!
On June 14th, Margaret, Carter, Duncan (the dog) & I are again proudly participating in the 2020 Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk. We participate in this annual event to honor our dear friends Christina DiFrancesco, Venu Bandaru and Bob Gilbert! We also will walk in memory of Oliver Demrovsky, the 9-year-old nephew of my great friend Paul Riopel. Oliver bravely battled a glioblastoma astrocytoma brain tumor but was taken far too early August of 2017. We’ll walk “Ollie Strong!” We will also pay honor to Lori Rasmussen, sister to our good friend Lynn.
This year's event will be slightly different due to obvious circumstance but the National Brain Tumor Society, in their tireless effort to fight this disease and support those fighting, have been very creative and resourceful and have structured this event to be virtual. We will gather online for a short moment and then each go out into our own neighborhoods and walk. We will definitely miss our dear friends and extended family with Venu's brother Krish, his wife Jennifer, son Kiran and daughter Ella, Venu's sister Rani, her husband Vinod and daughter Siara and Venu's mother and father Lakshmi and Dr. Rajaro Bandaru. While virtual and distant, we will be together in honor of Venu and our friends as we are still going strong as Team "Bamboo Strong" team led by Rani Menon – Venu's sister.
We hope you can support our efforts by making a donation. Thank you very much!!
There are no goodbyes for us.
Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.
Margaret, Shawn, Shawn Jr, Carter & Duncan
About Christina, Bob & Venu:
Christina was a beautiful woman – inside and out. Her role as a Disneyland Ambassador in 1997 was a testament to her engaging and dynamic personality. She had a smile that lit the entire sky with a positive attitude and courage to match. Christina passed away December 27, 2005.
Bob was our neighbor and while we only knew him for a few short years, we came to know what an awesome person he was and what an amazing life he had. He was an educator for 25+ years and then pursued his passion of motorcycles and turned it into a career as a General Manager of Bob Dron Oakland Harley-Davidson for 13 years! Bob's influences and effects are clearly evident in his wonderful family with whom we have become close and hold dear. Bob passed away May 22, 2012.
Venu was a dear and close personal friend to us. Long before his brain tumor, Venu revealed himself as a man of integrity, strength and sincere compassion. He was a steadfast and devoted friend with whom we have many priceless memories. During his 11-year fight with a brain tumor, Venu continued to be an inspiration to all through his courage, selflessness and positive attitude. Not a day goes by we don't think about him. Venu passed away December 19, 2011.
National Brain Tumor Society unrelentingly invests in, mobilizes, and unites our community to discover a cure, deliver effective treatments, and advocate for patients and care partners.
Conquering and curing brain tumors - once and for all.
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