This is my friend Rachel. We met in the winter of 2015. I knew her mother, Elizabeth because Elizabeth was my nurse when I was receiving radiation treatment through Hulston Cancer Center.
When Elizabeth reached out to Grey Matters Fund to see if we could provide support to Rachel , I jumped at the opportunity. I began spending time with Rachel during her Physical and Occupational therapy sessions at Ozarks Neuro Rehabilitation.
Our time together quickly turned into a friendship. Rachel has a kind heart, and she is a lover of nature. She is soft spoken, but very deliberate with her kind words. We have laughed together and shared tears together. I am honored to call Rachel my friend.
– Michael Harris
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John was energetic and fun. He loved hunting, and fishing with his dad, he also loved his fiancee.
In 2008 at the young age of 28, John was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had two surgeries, and after many healthy follow up appointments. His cancer returned with a vengeance after 2 years. It metastasized to his abdomen, lungs, and his brain. His first brain surgery was in May 2010, followed by chemotherapy and several more surgeries. Unfortunately, despite medical efforts, including whole brain radiation and proton beam radiation, 4 more brain tumors came back.
Throughout his battle, John remained positive and rarely complained. He even helped other patients with their struggles. He lost his battle on October 16, 2013.
This May we go grey for John.
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Jim was kind, generous, and never knew a stranger. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved to laugh. He loved his family and friends dearly. His catch phrase was: “Life is about the relationships you make along the way.” Jim had many passions, including, golfing, hunting, and fishing. It was said that if Jim’s tuck was at the lake, you should just go on home, because he had already caught ’em all. He also loved sports, specifically the St Louis Cardinals and the Mizzou Tigers.
In March of 2014 at the age of 47, Jim was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. On April 1 he had a surgery to remove the tumor, and on April 22 he had a second surgery to remove the tumor re-growth, followed by radiation, and chemotherapy. During his diagnosis and treatment he remained positive and never complained. He was always concerned for everyone around him, and didn’t want to be a burden.
Jim lost his battle on August 4, 2014. He was strong, he was brave, and he fought with everything he had. He was a wonderful husband, brother, uncle, and friend.
Jim and his family were the first family I had the opportunity to meet when I started my volunteer work at Cox Health in 2014. I spent a lot of time by his bedside, and many hours with his loved ones. Jim will always be very special to me. He believed in me, and Grey Matters Fund long before anyone else even knew about it. I have continued a relationship with his family, and they have taken me in as their own. They are the first ones at any Grey Matters Fund of SWMO event, and are my biggest cheerleaders.
– Michael Harris
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