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2007 Courage Award Recipients and VABC Supporters

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What can a voice do? It can soothe, enrage, laugh and heal. It can end wars with its meditative silence or it can be so loud that it can make the earth shake. We plan on using our voices at VABC to ultimately find a cure for brain cancer. How do you want to use your voice? If you would like to post a story or a letter about your own experience with brain cancer, please click here.

Regina Epperhart “Survivorship is about hope; it is about dealing with the disease, and thinking beyond a diagnosis of cancer.”– Regina EpperhartBrain cancer survivor

2007 VABC Courage Award Recipient

Matthew David Twit “When I was sick, I was too ill to spend much time with my friends, and as I got better, I thought reconnecting with them would be difficult.It was great to find out that they were all waiting for me, with open arms.Now, our relationships are better than ever.”– Matthew David TwitBrain cancer survivor

2007 VABC Courage Award Recipient

Robert Silverman “Family and teamwork is so important. Together we started making phone calls while I was still in the hospital after the initial diagnosis.They researched, called friends for referrals, and soonconnected to the best doctors in the field of neurosurgery. My family persisted in getting me appointments.Within seven days we had chosen my surgeon who did the surgery soon after.We fight this together. Family is so important… “– Robert SilvermanPassed away from brain cancer in 2008

2007 Courage Award Recipient

Father of VABC Board Member Evan Silverman

Dr. Anders Cohen “He was seven at the time of his first surgery for a brain tumor (2003). All he wanted to do was get the surgery done so he could get back to playing baseball. He also liked my camouflage scrub hat, so I bought him one. He had an aggressive tumor that recurred and ultimately was uncurable. Matthew never complained; he just wanted to get on to the next activity. I learned more from him than any text book & I keep this picture on my desk as a reminder of the spark of human spirit and the fragility of health…”-Dr. Anders CohenVABC Medical Advisory Board Member

In memory of Matthew Bunch

Lily Gutnik “When we are at our weakest moment, aren’t we in fact the strongest? My great aunt fought brain cancer with strength, courage and determination. “– Lily GutnikVABC Volunteer Committee Member

In memory of her great aunt

Rita Hruska “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.”– Rachelle HruskaVABC Volunteer Committee Member

In memory of her late grandmother Rita

Gary Lichteinstein “Voices Against Brain Cancer was founded in hope that Gary’s life would be an inspiration to others, not areasonfor sadness.Gary faced his illness with God by his side, with dignity, with understanding, and surrounded by people who loved him.He left the physical world too quickly, but not without making it a better place for having been here.”– The Lichtenstein FamilyFounders of VABC

In memory of Gary Lichteinstein

Pete Philbrick “After my fiancé, Pete, was diagnosed, we relied heavily on learning from other patients’ experiences and published research so we could help his doctors determine the best course of treatment. We realized how much we needed this, and I wanted to get involved with VABC to help others…”– Paige NortonVABC Board Member

In memory of Pete Philbrick

Carrie Stern “My father had the brain cancer, but with his family and friends, we faced the battle together. As a group we were strength, courage and hope. Eight years after his death, together with Voices Against Brain Cancer, this group is stronger, bigger and more unstoppable. We are fighting on.”– Carrie SternVABC Volunteer Committee Member

In memory of her father



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