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2008 Courage Award Recipients

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.

Past Recipients: 2011 - 2010 – 2009 – 2008 – 2007

David M. Bailey “I am delighted to lend my own voice to this very special community of people who are working so passionately to help find a cure to this terrible disease as well as support those who are fighting it. It takes more than doctors and drugs; it takes courage, commitment, vision, a touch of faith and a whole lot of hope.”– David M. BaileyPassed away from brain cancer in 2010

VABC Board Member

2008 Courage Award Recipient

Michael Burkardt “Cancer is like a roller coaster ride that you don’t want to be on. Strap in and make the most of it, because you’re not getting off until the ride is over.”– Michael Burkardt2008 Courage Award Recipient

VABC Board Member

Brain Cancer Survivor

Fran Coleman “For some it takes a village.For me it took an incredible medical support team, and the most loving family and friends who have been there every step of the way, especiallymy husband, David, my daughters and sons-in-law, Alyssa & Steven and Hillary & Danny, and, most of all, my very special grandchildren: Austin, Caroline, Eliza and Jillian.They magically lifted my spiritswhen I needed it most.”– Fran Coleman2008 VABC Courage Award Recipient

Passed away from brain cancer in 2010

Mother to VABC Board Member Alyssa Coleman Gendal

Richard Dieterle “I have a very special family. Life is good- I’m a very lucky guy!”– Richard Dieterle2008 VABC Courage Award Recipient

Passed away from brain cancer in 2009

Tracey Gamer Fanning “I’ve never felt more alive in my whole life. I’m a better mother, daughter, friend, sister and partner than I ever was. It’s amazing what life can give you, when you think it’s being taken away.”– Tracey Gamer Fanning

2008 VABC Courage Award Recipient

Brain Cancer Survivor

Lynn Kohlman “Cancer has been my wake-up call.Cancer has transformed me. Cancer is a gift.”– Lynn Kohlman2008 VABC Courage Award Recipient

Passed away from brain cancer in 2008

Darren M. Latimer “Even in its infancy, VABC has helped me and others like me fight this condition;I can only imagine how much more this unbelievable organization will accomplish!”– Darren M. Latimer

VABC Volunteer Committee Member

2008 Courage Award Recipient

Brain Cancer Survivor

Jen McDevitt “I may have had a brain tumor but I still have a strong mind and with a strong mind I can do anything.”– Jen McDevitt2008 VABC Courage Award Recipient

Brain Cancer Survivor

Jennifer Norton Pace “My outlook on life, since my diagnosis in February 2006, can best be summed up through a quote by Abraham Lincoln: And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years!”– Jennifer Norton Pace2008 VABC Courage Award Recipient

Brain Cancer Survivor

 

 
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