2017 San Antonio

Noggins for Nancy

From Janna:

During the summer of 2010, my family started noticing shifts in our sweet mama's behavior. She was in the business of remembering those around her, and remembering them well. She was about to enter into her 20+ year as a counselor at an inner-city elementary school and had spent every bit of those years investing in the youth of San Antonio and their families. She began to forget things like people she had worked with for years, families that had attended the school for generations, and her speech became more blurred and hard to understand. After some coaxing, my mom, Nancy, finally decided to get a CAT scan and MRI done.

I will never forget my parents letting my sister, Luci, and I know that our sweet, sweet mama had been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme. We knew from the beginning that it would be terminal as well as that her journey would be tough and would require nothing but love, support, and strength. She was given 13 months to live and was welcomed into Heaven on November 20, 2011. At the time of my mom's passing, I was 17 years old and entering into my final semester of high school. I went on to graduate from Texas A&M University- College Station (Gig'em Aggies!) and am now a middle school teacher with aspirations to become a public school counselor, just like my sweet mama.

I am so thankful to have had such a God-fearing, servant-hearted mom that instilled in me to seek the Lord's face, to fight for justice for those without a voice, and to simply be kind.

Brain cancer changed my life in ways that are unimaginable. Witnessing my sweet mama go from a vibrant, talkative, person to reverting back into childlike behaviors was completely indescribable. I am walking in memory of my mama, Nancy, and to fight against such a terrible and debilitating disease.

Please join me in the fight against brain cancer by donating to Head for the Cure. Your proceeds go directly to medical care and costs, as well as research to end brain cancer for once and for all.

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