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Phoenix 5K Awareness Spotlight – Lanette Veres

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 Phoenix. We are excited for our 2nd Annual Head for the Cure 5K – Phoenix taking place on November 7th!

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 Lanette and Learn More About Her Journey! 

“In 1998, while at work, Lanette got a call that there was a mass on her brain and she should see a neurologist. She was a single mother in her 20’s, with two small children. Lanette is now a 20 year brain cancer survivor and a tower of faith and strength.

She turned a terrifying situation into a beacon of hope for others and their families by establishing Gray Matters Foundation to support others going through this ordeal. Lanette was named the 2017 Hon Kachina award recipient. Kachina Volunteer Awards program is designed to honor people making significant volunteer contributions to the healthcare field and to increase public awareness about volunteerism. Lanette is an amazing person and I am so proud to call her my friend.” – Julia Cooper

Lanette received the Keeping the Faith recognition at our Inaugural Head for the Cure 5K – Phoenix in 2019 and we are proud to have her and the Gray Matters Foundation a part of our Head for the Cure – Phoenix community!


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.