Hello Friends! As you may have noticed on Facebook and in our newsletters, we’ve gone gray for May! Recently, I was invited to accompany my friend Lanette and her husband from Gray Matters Foundation (more on her in a minute) as she was honored at a Diamondbacks game at Chase Field in Phoenix (see video above). It was an incredible privilege and an exciting experience to bring awareness to brain tumors and brain cancer at such a huge level.
Gray is the color for brain tumor awareness, and if you didn’t know, my wonderful 7 year old son had surgery at age 2 for a brain tumor at Barrow here in Phoenix. Today he is a bright, healthy and beautiful boy, and while we’re still contending with a small benign brain tumor, he is doing well and wise beyond his years. He and his little brother are truly gifts to his dad and me, and we’re grateful each day that our little family is together.
We have been so lucky to have loads and loads of support from friends, family and our community, but I’d like to extend a few very special thank yous-
First, we were introduced to Lanette, founder of Gray Matters Foundation, based here in Arizona, when we got the news of our son’s tumor. Lanette is a bright spot when you feel like a rain cloud is following you around. Her non-profit raises funds to support her very personal one-on-one work with brain tumor patients and their families. This saintly woman actually drives around to hospitals visiting patients, supporting them, lending them her ears, sharing her beautiful smile and mailing cards and dropping off gifts to people who otherwise feel like life has come to a grinding halt. Her motto is to “share support and not statistics”, and we’re grateful from the bottom of our hearts for that support. Please visit her site and consider donating or volunteering for her.
Next, another special thank you to my sister-in-law Angela, in Overland Park, KS. Each year, she and her family host a crazy mega super 3 day yard sale, made up of donations from everyone they know. They use these funds to help us offset our whopping annual medical bills, and this year anything above and beyond our bills will go to Gray Matters. Our families have been tremendously supportive and we couldn’t get through each day without their love and compassion.
And, of course we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the amazingly gifted team at Barrow. We won’t name names for privacy reasons, but my son’s neurosurgeon is the truest kind of rock star in my eyes. Plus he’s super nice and great with kids, a one in a million combination.
If you or someone you know is dealing with a brain tumor, please reach out to me or Lanette for support. And please consider wearing your gray for May!