2017 San Antonio

Noggins for Nancy

Thank you for visiting our team page and helping us to reach our fundraising goal!

Our team is joining the fight against brain cancer by participating in the Head for the Cure San Antonio on September 26 2015. Head for the Cure is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for brain cancer research.

Head for the Cure works to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and other supporters, while celebrating their courage, spirit and energy. Every Head for the Cure event marks a day of celebration where those diagnosed with brain cancer are honored and celebrated by their friends and families, those who have lost their battles are remembered, and we are all inspired to carry on the fight.

Funds raised by Head for the Cure support the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative, a network of medical centers with the expertise and the desire to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials investigating new treatments for malignant brain tumors.

Each year, over 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. More than 120 types of brain tumors exist, making effective treatment complicated. Cutting edge research is needed as we continue to make strides in this fight.

My mother, Nancy Lou Ward Nakayama, was diagnosed in October 2010 with brain cancer. She had an 8 inch ( in length) glioblastoma on the left side of her brain. She had surgery to remove her tumor, which was successful by removing 99% of the tumor. For the next couple of months, she underwent radiation and chemotherapy. My mom always came out of radiation with a smile from ear to ear ready to conquer the rest of the day as best she could. July 2011 was the last BIG family celebration my mom was present for ( little did we know), which was  my wedding. She participated in a study drug trial which helped decrease the tumor tremendously and seemed to prevent the growth of others. In September 2011, her memory began to worsen and was unable to carry out activities of daily living. November 20, 2011 at around 6pm she was called to be with God as one of his guardian angels. She always had a smile on her face and NEVER once asked, "why me". I ask that if you are able to please donate or join our team to honor my mom and her courageous battle against brain cancer.

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