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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 was 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.

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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.

Questions? Email:GBMheroes@curetoday.com

Reserve your seat for the 2017 3rd Annual GBM Heroes Recognition Gala
Please join us for an evening of celebration!
Friday, November 17, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Yuerba Buena Ballroom 4-6
Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
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 ACooper@curetoday.com


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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,
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Photo credits to Derrick Jones-Nelson
Fran Drescher
Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos is a first generation American, Emmy winning journalist, New York Times bestselling author, CEO/co-founder of one of the largest digital broadcast networks worldwide, TV and movie actress, TV/Radio Host, part-time Professional Wrestler, brain tumor survivor, sports junkie, animal advocate and someone who gets her kicks in life from having fun and helping others.

FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN

Maria Menounos is the daughter of immigrant parents. Her family did not know English, had no formal training or professional skills and worked as janitors here in the states. Since they could not afford babysitters, Maria found herself, ankles deep in solo cups, half-filled with stale beer, cigarette butts and vomit, mopping nightclub floors. While other kids were at recitals, little league or the beach, Maria spent each and every Saturday and Sunday, from age 3 to her teenage years, working with her parents and younger brother. The grueling work and experiences taught Maria hundreds of life lessons including the values of family, teamwork, resourcefulness, positive mental attitude, work ethic, endurance, pragmatism, gratitude and humility to name a few. The work also laid the foundation for the massive success Maria enjoys today and her groundbreaking, milestone-massive, career.

JOURNALIST/TV HOST

As a journalist, Emmy Winner, Maria Menounos, holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family. The interview was touted by ABC News as one of the defining moments leading to Obama’s historic victory. Maria’s groundbreaking conversational style of reporting led her, at the age of 22, to become the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight. She would go on to do the same for the Today Show, Nightly News, Dateline and Access Hollywood. Maria has, in addition, held sit down interviews with every US President since George Bush and has traveled the globe, covering everything from the war in Afghanistan to earthquakes in El Salvador to the AIDS crisis in South Africa. While at Entertainment Tonight, Maria hosted ET on MTV and ET on VH-1, both of which soared to number-one weekend ratings on their respective networks and recently was the Host of E News where she did the same.

PRO WRESTLER

Maria wrestles and works professionally, part time, for the WWE, having competed in one of the greatest Wrestlemania’s of all time on the same card as the Rock vs. John Cena. Many considered her match to be a predecessor to the current female empowerment movement in WWE. She hosts the annual WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, in addition.

ACTRESS

Maria is the first person in the history of Hollywood to report for network news and star in a wide- release feature film. As an actress, on the big screen, she starred in the romantic comedy Kickin It Old Skool opposite Jamie Kennedy, and played herself in the Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder. She also appeared in the 20th Century Fox sci-fi/action movie Fantastic Four. Her small-screen acting endeavors include guest roles on CBS’ Without a Trace, NBC’s Scrubs and HBO’s Entourage as well as a recurring role on the CW’s One Tree Hill.

AUTHOR

Maria’s book series, The EveryGirl’s Guide to, is critically acclaimed and New York Times Bestselling. Her first book, The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life is an A-Z handbook for women of all ages, with information and tips on nearly every subject from finance, fitness, beauty, organization, relationships , career, styling, cooking, health and more. Her second book The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness centers on the most simple way to lose weight and keep it off. This was followed up by Maria’s third book, the EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking, featuring healthy, quick to prepare recipes from her mother, a professional cook, and her grandfather a chef in Greece.

The main thing Maria prided herself on when writing the books was "authenticity of information." The products and/or methods she promoted were true to her heart and not paid endorsements. This sentiment translates to Maria’s national radio show as well as her monthly magazine.

FITNESS

Maria gained over 40 pounds in college but discovered a way to lose the weight and to keep it off. This method was chronicled in The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness. Her practical knowledge of diet and fitness, which she applies daily WITHOUT daily trainers or gym visits, has landed her numerous magazine covers such as Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Self, Shape and countless others.

HEALTH

Dad’s Diabetes

Maria’s father has been a Type One Diabetic for close to 50 years. Yet, he shows no ill effects common with the disease i.e. blindness, limb loss or incapacitation. His Mediterranean diet, free of simple carbs and sugars, and rich with greens and proteins (with dishes created by Maria’s mom as chronicled in all her books) has Scientists at MIT literally asking to study his body. At 72, he partakes in physical labor 14 hours daily with a zest and appreaciation for life few others have.

Mom’s Stage 4 Brain Cancer

Maria’s Mom has Stage 4 Brain Cancer. As with Diabetes, Maria has deeply immersed herself into information regarding the disease with the world’s leading practitioners. Learning about Eastern and Western approaches to the disease as well as the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, she has gained many rare tools required to survive and thrive. Along with coaching her mom, Maria has been volunteering her time, working with other families in like crisis.

Maria’s Brain Tumor

Ironically, Maria was diagnosed with a brain tumor months after her mom. Maria endured a difficult, 8 hour operation and recovery, but the tumor was removed and thankfully benign. Maria considers the experience a gift. It has helped her understand the importance of health above all else, redefined her career path to either be fun or purposeful and empowered her to want to help others with brain tumors, cancer and like illnesses.

FILMMAKER/PRODUCER

As a filmmaker, Maria has directed and produced several independent films, which have played most of the major film festivals from Tribeca to South-by-Southwest. She attended Boston’s Emerson College, where she double-majored in broadcast journalism and film and became the first freshman in the college’s 125 year history to win the prestigious Evvy Award. Along with Julianne Hough, Maria recently produced Dance Battle America for ABC and has numerous scripted and unscripted TV projects in development as well as movies.

CHARITY

Her coverage of the AIDS virus in South Africa inspired her to dedicate herself to charity work and to create the non-profit, Take Action Hollywood! (TAH!). TAH! is a charity whose mission is to utilize the power of the entertainment industry and the production medium to educate, empower and raise social awareness. Take Action Hollywood, and Maria, have produced such films as the Holocaust documentary, Paperclips, along with Miramax. TAH! And Maria have also produced Losing Lebron about the devastating economic effects of Lebron James exiting Cleveland and Elders, a compelling look at aging in America. Both films were critically acclaimed and both festival darlings. As a Diabetes Awareness Ambassador for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Maria has spoken on Capitol Hill and is working with lobbyists on improving treatment for the disease, worldwide. She is also the Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and works closely with the LA Children’s hospital hosting her annual "Day Of Beauty" event for patients and their families for the last 8 years.

ENTREPRENEUR

Maria, along with partner Keven Undergaro, co-founded AfterBuzz TV, one of the world’s the largest digital broadcast networks. Branded as "The ESPN of TV Talk", the highly innovative AfterBuzz TV

produces over 300 TV ’after-shows’ for the globe’s favorite TV shows. The first to the TV ’after-show’ game, before the likes of AMC’s Talking Dead, AfterBuzz hosts interview cast and crew from various series and provide an unprecedented amount of TV coverage. The network is comprised of over 250 hosts, has 5 state of the art, multi-cam studios, features daily celebrity guests and broadcasts weekly to over 20 million people from over 100 countries. In addition, along with Undergaro, she co-founded Popcorn Talk, a movie discussion network that reaches 2 million. The networks have also become a lightning rod for new talent and hosts.

Maria’s supermarket food line "Maria’s Greek Delights" is in select stores and, as a die hard sports fan, her soon to be launched stadium food chain, "Maria’s Greek Kitchen", launches at historic Fenway Park in September.

RADIO

Maria hosts the top-rated, SiriusXM female morning show, "Conversations with Maria." The show features one on one interviews with A-list celebrities as well as interviews with the world’s leading experts and practitioners on every subject. Similar to topics Maria has covered in her books, the show focuses on authentic, solution-based lifestyle content and on positivity and growth in all areas.

MONTHLY DIGITAL MAGAZINE - THE SORORITY FOR LIFE

What began as a monthly newsletter just months ago, to help fans of Maria’s radio show, has transformed into the early stages of a digital magazine! Subscribers call it "the sorority for life" and with good reason. Hello EveryGirl, like Maria’s EveryGirl’s Guide to book series, offers solution based articles and videos on a plethora of subjects. Whether learning about the power of compounding in finance or how to make deserts without an oven or even tips to fight cancer, Hello EveryGirl has become a home and community for women and men, even. Emailed to subscribers directly, Hello EveryGirl grows by the thousands on a daily basis.

FEMALE EMPOWERMENT.....THE NEW HOLLYWOOD MODEL

Hollywood is a tough town, especially on women. Maria, like most in showbiz, has endured her fair share. However, her goal is to usher in a New Hollywood Business Model: to help and empower artists to succeed, rather than tear them down. Per Maria, the AfterBuzz TV Networks carry on this very sentiment. Part of the mission statement of AfterBuzz is to aid, educate, promote, advance and empower aspiring hosts, journalists and artists. Maria and Keven host various career seminars at their AfterBuzz studios and are deeply involved, one on one, in shepherding and mentoring hosts.If you are an AfterBuzz host, Keven and/or Maria meet with you for an hour, one on one, in order to craft an annual, personal business plan with checks ins as the year goes on. The task is arduous with 300 hosts but the results cannot be argued. To that point, AfterBuzz has helped launch the careers of former AfterBuzz TV hosts, Beth Behrs (Two Broke Girls), Eboni K. Williams (Fox News), Kat Bailess (Hit the Floor), Jackie Miranne (VH-1), Stephanie Bauer (Access Hollywood), Suri Serano (ESPN), Deidre Behar (Entertainment Tonight), AJ Gibson (Hollywood Today), Derrial Christon (BET), Chloe West (Moviefone), Cathy Kelley (WWE), Christy St. Cloud (WWE), Daria Berenato (WWE), Roxy Striar (Screen Junkies), Alex Wehrley (E! News) ...to name a few;)

In addition to being a champion of showbiz talent, Maria is particularly passionate about helping fellow women young and old which she does so via her top rated Sirius XM morning show "Conversations with Maria" and her monthly magazine/newsletter, Hello EveryGirl.

CONCLUSION

A girl who did not speak English until the first grade and one who worked as a janitor cleaning Boston nightclubs throughout her adolescence, Maria is proof that you can come from humble beginnings and succeed. Most importantly, she is proof that you can remain true to yourself, be kind and still care deeply for others. She also loves animals, is avid in pet rescuer and works with several organizations in that regard.
 

Our 2017 GBM Heroes were Matt Anthony, who runs the Head for the Cure Foundation; Linda Liau, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., a neurosurgeon from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA who developed an experimental vaccine to treat GBM; Al Musella, D.P.M., founder of the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc.; and Kay Verble, executive director of the Sontag Foundation, which funds brain cancer research.

 
Matt Anthony
Linda Liau
M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A
 
Al Musella, D.P.M
 
Kay Verble
 
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