In 2007, Team Sharing Hope was formed when my amazing friends and family rallied around me, Shannon Bruce, and joined me in my personal fight against my brain tumor. They, like me, BELIEVE that we can and will make a difference. And we have! This will be the 14th year for Sharing Hope, and our team has raised over $230,000. Please consider joining our team SHARING HOPE as we continue to show our belief that we can win the fight against brain tumors. There are too many precious people being diagnosed every year and many more who do not even know there is a tumor growing inside their brain. We need to find a cure! And we need to spread HOPE!
In addition to me, there have been a total of 4 other Sharing Hope team members fighting brain tumors. Sadly, 2 of those team members have passed away. A dear friend, Darren Baucom, passed away on November 26, 2015, fighting a glioblastoma. He was an amazing man with such a special family. He and my husband, Russell, played softball together for years, and his kind-hearted spirit was a blessing to all. Student Joeb Miller, my little second grade buddy at my elementary school, went to be with Jesus on March 6, 2016. He came to school every day with an incredible smile and brightened everybody's day with his amazing spirit and strong faith. Everyone adored him as he shared God's love with everyone he met.
We will participate in memory of the 2 of them, in addition to my dear cousin, Nancy Ransom, who passed away from a brain tumor on January 1, 2006. She is missed dearly, especially at our family reunions.
On Aug. 2, 2019, our community lost Brent Barrow, a North Richland Hills city councilman, who was a friend to me and countless others. Brent was diagnosed two years before me. For years we have prayed for, kept tabs on and encouraged each other. Last year, sadly, I added him to the list of the many that I will walk in memory of.
I have also started a list of others who have lost their lives to this horrible disease and will walk in memory of them as well. If you have a name that you would like me to add, please let me know.
Callie Blackburn and I met through a mutual friend and became BBTB (Best Brain Tumor Buddies) in 2009. She and I both underwent brain surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. We were grateful to have benefitted from previous research and the advancements in treatments. We both get regular MRI's and, thankfully Callie has had no reoccurrence. That is the hope and outcome we want everyone to have!
Another team member, co-worker and friend, Lindsey Turner, is also a brain tumor survivor thanks to treatments that were discovered through past research. More treatments need to be discovered to increase the number of survivors and the hope!
WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN OUR TEAM SHARING HOPE! If you are unable to join us, we appreciate your monetary support. Every dollar matters!
Sharing Hope is uniting with others to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. We are passionate about this cause, so we are taking action. We need your help in this fight. National Brain Tumor Society will not rest until a cure exists - but more needs to be done. Please join in our effort!
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.