Healthcare Hero

All of us at Head for the Cure work side-by-side with medical and science professionals every day. That’s why we’re so proud to honor our partners in the medical field who work so hard to make a difference in the lives of the brain tumor patients they treat and the families they support.

The Healthcare Hero Award recognizes inspirational heroes in all aspects of healthcare whose accomplishments have deeply benefited their patients, their loved ones, and their community. We honor these incredible heroes from the nominations submitted by colleagues, patients, and their loved ones.

This award is open to any member of the healthcare field.


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Dr. Drappatz has really helped me get through things and stay positive throughout over 2 1/2 years of being diagnosed with glioblastoma.
I am a 20+ brain tumor survivor of an oligodendroglioma. My neuro-oncologist, Dr. Karen Fink, has treated me in the most caring, compassionate and professional manner for this entire journey.
I want to nominate Dr. Pierre Giglio, an amazing neuro-oncologist from The James Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University. Dr.
Kyle and I would like to nominate Dr. Kevin Ginn for the Head for the Cure Healthcare Hero Award. We met Dr. Ginn at Children’s Mercy in the PICU during our daughter Allie’s final days. Dr.
Have you ever met someone who makes you feel happy just by being around them? That's Carissa! When Kyla began to physically decline in 2020, Dr.
Dr. Simon Khagi has many titles.
Dr. Pilcher gave my son the gift of living a limitless life. Dr.
I'll never forget the night before surgery when Dr. Raizer walked into the hospital room to introduce himself. Dr. Tate was my neurosurgeon, but Dr. Raizer was going to be my neruo-oncologist.
As a New Jersey native, serving as the Director for the Neuro-Oncology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey feels like home for Michael Salacz, MD.
I am nominating Dr. Sani for the Healthcare Hero award because I cannot think of a doctor who deserves it more.
Marci Simmons started coming to the house around the middle of February 2021 after we got Wayne’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis.