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Houston 5K Awareness Spotlight – Team Tom

Each year Head for the Cure invites you to Go Gray in May for Brain Cancer Awareness Month! We continue to show support for those who have been affected by a brain tumor during our annual 5K event in Houston. We are excited for our 8th Annual Head for the Cure 5K – Houston taking place on October 10th!

One thing is for certain…we won’t stop fighting until there is a cure for brain cancer! This terrible disease affects real people every day, and Head for the Cure can’t build awareness, raise funds and ignite hope for the community without YOUR SUPPORT!

 Meet Vanessa and Learn More About Why She Started Team Tom! 

“It was an ordinary day in June of 2017 as Tom and I left for work. An hour after we said our morning goodbyes and I settled in for my workday, I received a text from Tom that he couldn’t talk and that a family member was bringing him to the hospital. After multiple tests, it was confirmed he was suffering from aphasia, the inability to talk.

Days later, a spot was noticed on his brain. A month later, Tom was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma. It was a heartbreaking day with lots of tears and fear of the unknown of what may lie ahead.

Tom had surgery to remove the tumor in July 2017. Months later, we were engaged and set an April 2018 wedding date. In February 2018, the tumor returned and surgery was performed two weeks before our wedding day. The incredible doctors at MD Anderson promised me that Tom would meet me at the altar on April 14.

Two days before our wedding, a team of doctors called one by one asking if we needed anything and continued their promise that he would be at the church for our nuptials. On April 14th, the church doors opened and Tom was standing at the altar awaiting my walk down the aisle. Tom never lost hope and always remained positive. Tom was truly an inspiration to many and we hope that his story of pushing forward through a horrible diagnosis can encourage others to never lose hope and continue to live life to the fullest. We have remained strong through the struggles as Mr. and Mrs. Tom Broussard!

On March 18th, 2019, Tom lost his battle to this horrible disease. Tom fought hard until his last breath and held his rosary in his hand when he left this earth to meet the Lord. He believed that every day was the “best day ever” no matter what obstacles stood before him. He was a gentle, kind, loving, generous man and his legacy will live on. We will make sure of it.” – Vanessa Broussard, Wife of Tom


Head for the Cure works to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers, and other supporters while celebrating their courage, spirit, and energy. Every Head for the Cure event marks a day of celebration where we honor and ignite hope for those diagnosed with a brain tumor, we remember those who have lost their battles and we are inspired to carry on the fight! We know that during these difficult and challenging times it can be hard to find stories of positivity. We are lucky to have such an amazing community of supporters who brighten the lives of those affected by brain tumors each and every day.