Thank you for taking a moment to review the accomplishments of The Brooks-Davis Institute for Brain Cancer Awareness highlighted below. With the support of donors like you we will continue to make an impact in the lives of those affected by brain cancer and similar illnesses.
Goal #1: Raise brain cancer awareness
Established a website – www.brooks-davis.org.
Created a promotional video for the Foundation, which includes interviews by leading physicians and researchers from the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Click the following link to view the BDIBCA PROMO VIDEO!
VIDEO UPDATES: The video was created prior to Teddy’s transition in 2014. Also, the research study referenced in the video is now a pilot study that will examine the Safety and Efficacy of Glyburide as Prophylaxis Against Cerebral Edema in Patients Receiving Radiosurgery for Brain Metastases. The pilot study is being led by Dr. Drexell Boggs currently on faculty at the University of Alabama (UAB). The pilot study will enroll 10 patients.
Participated in a community fair and two 5k races (2014 – New York; 2015 – Washington, DC).
Launched an online store selling t-shirts and apparel with supportive messages for persons affected by cancer.
Prepared dinner for 40 residents including patients and family members at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Baltimore, Maryland on May 19, 2015 and May 2, 2016. Once dinner was served information about brain cancer and the Brooks-Davis IBCA was shared with the residents and caregivers.
Goal #2: Contribute to underrepresented areas of brain cancer research.
Donated more than $7,000 to the Radiation Oncology Clinical Research Fund 26507 for the Dr. Drexell Boggs study supported by the Brooks-Davis IBCA. One goal of this study is to discover the impact Glyburide, a diabetes medication, may have in reducing cerebral edema (swelling of the brain), which is a common side effect of brain cancer treatment. During Teddy’s treatment we were able to see a glimpse of the possibilities Glyburide could have and the need for additional research. To that end the monies we have raised and will continue to raise in this area will help advance this important work. (2014)
Donated more than $2,000 to the American Brain Tumor Association for the advancement of brain cancer research. (2014)
The research study referenced above is now a pilot study that will examine the Safety and Efficacy of Glyburide as Prophylaxis Against Cerebral Edema in Patients Receiving Radiosurgery for Brain Metastases. The pilot study is being led by Dr. Drexell Boggs currently on faculty at the University of Alabama (UAB). The pilot study will enroll 10 patients. (2017)
Goal #3: Host one enrichment activity or event for couples diagnosed with cancer or any terminal illness within the first three years of marriage.
Hosted the first Brooks-Davis IBCA Benefit Concert at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence, South Carolina. Musical performances were provided by Clay Brown and Chelsey Green and the Green Project. The funds raised will be used to host the First Couples’ Enrichment Weekend. (June 3, 2017)
Goal #4: Donate teddy bears to children in the hospital during the Christmas holiday.
Donated 35 teddy bears to the University of Maryland’s Children Hospital. (December 18, 2015)