Inspiration. CureFest was hatched from the spirit and determination that we have seen in a local man, Phil Baumann. Last September Phil was diagnosed with what is frequently considered an incurable form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme – GBM. It is a disease that over the last several decades has frequently not been treatable. As a long standing business man in the Humble community Phil had hundreds of friends and supporters who encouraged him through his diagnosis and treatment. Thanks to advances at MD Anderson Phil received the most progressive surgeries and treatment that is available.A short walk through the halls at MD Anderson will fill you with hope. Despite the pain and suffering associated with cancer, the staff and patients at MD Anderson have joined forces to create a cheerful and supportive atmosphere that aids healing and stimulates an accelerated research program that is working towards the cure of this awful disease.The big picture. While at MD Anderson Phil, just 47 years old, and his friends and family discovered that GBM brain cancer is no longer a disease that primarily effects the elderly. Developing close friendships with many people suffering from brain and other cancers including 25 year old Caleb Kidd who was also receiving treatment for a GBM spurred the family to work towards funding research for this underfunded disease. Brain cancer is the most underfunded cancer and has begun to effect larger numbers and younger patients.www.curefest.com
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