GBM Heroes
Celebrating Those Who Have Made a Difference

CURE® magazine is proud to host an annual evening of gratitude and celebration for the heroes that have made differences in the lives of people with glioblastoma (GBM). Our GBM Heroes event, which includes a gala recognition dinner, is held during the Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Annual Conference.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, November 16 in San Francisco, CA.

Each GBM Hero is nominated by patients and caregivers for their heroic contributions in the field of glioblastoma or in the individual lives of people with GBM.

Watch below for highlights from last year's event.


CURE Media Group, publishers of CURE magazine, is proud to be hosting the GBM Heroes Recognition event at this year’s Society of Neuro-Oncology annual conference in San Francisco, California. At this event, CURE will honor individuals who champion those affected by glioblastoma multiforme.

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive and most common form of primary brain tumor in the U.S. affecting approximately 10,000 Americans each year The median overall survival time from initial diagnosis is 15 months with optimal treatment, and median survival from the time of tumor recurrence is only 3 to 5 months without additional effective treatment.

The GBM Heroes Recognition program, sponsored by Novocure, is accepting nominations for individuals who have gone above and beyond on behalf of the GBM community through September 15, 2017. At the close of the contest, the winners and the individuals who nominated them will join CURE in San Francisco to be honored at the annual GBM Heroes Recognition event!

Nominate your GBM Hero today!

Help to promote awareness of GBM by rewarding the voices and actions of those who have made a difference.

2 easy steps:

1. Download the GBM Heroes Nomination Form

2. Complete the form and email or mail the form to the address provided.

But don’t wait, all nominations must be received by September 15, 2017.


Reserve your seat for the 2017 3rd Annual GBM Heroes Recognition Gala
Please join us for an evening of celebration!
Thursday, November 16, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

City View at Metreon
135 4th Street # 4000
San Francisco, CA 94103

**Please note: You are welcome to have a guest accompany you to this special evening! Please submit a separate RSVP for your guest(s).

For registration assistance or further details, please e-mail

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The 2015 GBM Heroes

Our heroes are Greg Cantwell, the founder of Greg’s Mission, an advocacy group based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Dr. Sherry Fox, director of Quality of Life Programs and Services at the Cullather Brain Tumor Quality of Life Center in Richmond, Va.; Dr. Santosh Kesari, chair of the Department of Translational Neuro-Oncology and Neurotherapeutics at the John Wayne Cancer Institute and director of Neuro-Oncology at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., and Rick Sontag, an entrepreneur who has dedicated his time and resources to improving the lives of patients with GBM and other brain tumors. The Sontag Foundation is based in Ponte Vedra Beach., Fla.


Greg Cantwell

Greg Cantwell

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Dr. Sherry Fox

Dr. Sherry Fox

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Dr. Santosh Kesari

Dr. Santosh Kesari

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Rick Sontag

Rick Sontag

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Fran Drescher
Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher has a reputation for passion and commitment. She received two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal as the lovable "Miss Fine" on CBS's hit series The Nanny, which she both created & executive produced. TV Land aired the ground breaking sitcom Happily Divorced, which she also created, executive produced and starred in. The series was inspired by her own life; Fran played a woman sharing a loving friendship with her gay ex-husband.

An accomplished author, Fran received the prestigious NCCS writer's award for Cancer Schmancer, which along with Enter Whining, were New York Times best sellers. Most recently she penned the celebrated children's book Being Wendy. Fran recently made her Broadway debut as "Madame" in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Tony-award winning Cinderella. Her famous voice is currently featured in the top-grossing film Hotel Transylvania 2, in which she reprises her role as Eunice, the wife of Frank Stein.

A 16-year uterine cancer survivor, Fran turns lemons into lemonade and pain into purpose through her leadership as a cancer advocate. Her mission is to shift America's focus toward proactive health care and healthy, toxin-free living. She believes that that the best cure for cancer is not getting it in the first place. As Founder, President and Visionary of the non-profit Cancer Schmancer Movement, she focuses on three prongs to fight the disease: Early Detection, Prevention, and Advocacy.

On Oct. 26, 2016, Fran Drescher presented Cancer Schmancer’s second annual Health Summit at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Her mission is to transform passive patients into active medical consumers.

Some of the health organization's accomplishments include early detection Fran Vans provide free mammograms to women without access to health care.  Its Detox Your Home prevention campaign educates people of all ages to reduce risk through healthy living, and Fran uses her unique voice on Capitol Hill to advocate for a range of health issues.

Fran was instrumental in passing the bi-partisan "Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act" by unanimous consent, earning her two commendations in the Congressional Record.  She is a U.S. State Department Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women's Health, traveling globally to meet with heads of state, cancer patients, local NGOs, as well as military bases and hospitals. The Washingtonian named her one of the most effective celebrity lobbyists in D.C.

Fran has won countless awards for her leadership in the health space, including the John Wayne Institute Woman of Achievement Award, the Gilda Award, City of Hope Woman of the Year Award, The

Albert Einstein Medical School Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2014 Citizen Artist Award. The Knesset in Israel honored Fran as the first Jewish actress who played an openly Jewish character embraced by not only Israel, but by many Arab nations.

Fran was also honored with the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award for her efforts to defend civil liberties and, most recently, the Stonewall and Liberty Bell Awards for her advocacy of Gay Civil Liberties

Fran's other passions are protecting the environment, arts in education, and organic food.

CURE® Media Group Announces Glioblastoma Multiforme Heroes® Award Winners
An Evening of Inspiration: Heroes of Glioblastoma Multiforme Honored for Their Dedication

Dozens of people from all around the country gathered for the second Annual Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Heroes Awards to honor three individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping patients suffering from glioblastoma, as well as their families.

Actress, best-selling author and 16-year uterine cancer survivor Fran Drescher took the stage to pay tribute to these heroes. Her main message for the heroes and audience was that we all need to be our own advocates, especially when it comes to our health.

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Above and Beyond: A Celebration of Heroes of Glioblastoma

It was a night filled with inspiration, shared purpose and hope, as four heroes who have given selflessly in their efforts to improve the lives of people impacted by glioblastoma were honored at the 1st Annual Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Heroes Awards. On hand to pay tribute to the honorees was actress and cancer survivor Valerie Harper, who encouraged her audience to “stay alive, stay fighting and continue on this amazing path of new ideas for treating and conquering cancer.”

“Cancer is a dual journey. It is medical and it is emotional, and it’s the advocates who have dedicated their lives to help others that we’re honoring today,” said Kathy LaTour, herself a two-time cancer survivor, who introduced each of the heroes at the awards ceremony held Nov. 20 in San Antonio, Texas, during the 20th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Neuro-Oncology. The event was hosted by CURE Media Group, publishers of CURE magazine, and sponsored by Novocure.

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Our heroes are Sumul N. Raval, M.D., D.A.B.P.N, founder and director of David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ; Dellann Elliott Mydland, founder and president of the EndBrainCancer Initiative in Redmond, WA; and Gary Mervis, founder of Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc., a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for children and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges.

Sumul N. Raval,
M.D., D.A.B.P.N
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Dellann Elliott Mydland
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Gary Mervis
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