Keeping the Faith

As we celebrate 20 years of dedication to raising funds for brain cancer research and inspiring hope for the brain cancer community, we want to know who you run or walk for! At each 5K event, we pay tribute to extraordinary individuals who are currently fighting or who have survived a brain tumor, selected from the nominations submitted by their loved ones.

Sharing the personal stories of those in the midst of their fight is an important part of the awards ceremony. While we recognize the athletic accomplishments of our top runners, we also spend time presenting a Keeping the Faith to the special people for whom Head for the Cure exists.

The struggles and triumphs of our Keeping the Faith recipients are even more poignant when shared with everyone on race day as we pay tribute to what they have survived and what lies ahead for them.

Search Recipients

Phoenix is my four year-old daughter. She is currently battling PNET (medulloblastoma). Phoenix was diagnosed January 13, 2012 (Friday the 13th), and boy has this been a journey.
Phoenix's cancer story began 5 years ago when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer that aggressively targets the brain and spinal cord.
My mother’s story began 4 ½ years ago. On a work trip to Nashville, she found herself unable to wake up to catch her flight home.
For several yrs Ken had what we thought was a pinched nerve in his neck that lead to tingling in his finger/thumb. He received chiropractic treatments regularly which helped initially.
Alli Beckas presented in status epilepticus at age five and was termed idiopathic. She had her first brain surgery at age 13 at CHP due to a new neurologist recommending another MRI.
Our dad Chris was diagnosed in February with a glioblastoma, with next steps being radiation & chemo therapy.
Tara was diagnosed with Medullablastoma 18 years ago, when she was 12. She went through Surgery to remove the tumor, then 30 rounds of Radiation and 1 1/2 years of Chemotherapy.
Tara was a 12 year old in the summer before her Seventh grade year in school, 1998.
Diane was diagnosed with Grade 3 GLimoa in Dec of 2016 right after Christmas.The family was gathered at the ranch,but her youngest sister who was hospitalized when she suffered a PE,her third.Diane
Mackenna was born with Nf1 or Neurofibromatosis. At age 10mo was diagnoised with bilateral optic glioma brain cancer.
Where do I begin, my son Kyle Berg is in a fight for his life.
I have been the pediatrician for Julie Berghaus' daughter for past 9 months.