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Meet Wendy Santana: An Advocate for Brain Tumor Awareness

Published on December 15, 2019: In 2014, Wendy Santana, Long Beach, was 47 and a professional fundraiser for non-profits serving economically disadvantaged populations in Los Angeles … a self-admitted workaholic. While she hadn’t felt well for some time, she characteristically powered through, not even taking a sick day that year. “I really had to push myself and was very out…

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“There’s Something Going On In The Kitchen”

I have a confession to make. Remember the post, Funny Farm Girl? Well, Kelly Fosso Rodenberg and I have been meeting regularly from our kitchen’s over coffee (virtually of course). Full disclosure…we’ve decided to take our relationship to the next level and have officially declared ourselves, Brain Tumor Besties (BTB). As a quick refresher Kelly is a farm girl, I…

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What Will Your Legacy Be?

An Interview with: Danny Monson about the KM (Kindness Matters) Legacy Foundation. This month Katie Monson would have celebrated her 22nd birthday.  She also would have been graduating from UCLA (where she was studying political science).  However, in May of 2017, just when Katie was finishing up her freshman year at UCLA she received the terminal diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme…

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Tourette Syndrome

An Interview with: Janine Tejeda, President and Founder of ScholasTIC Tourette’s Supporters, Inc.  “Learning to forgive myself, respect myself, and love myself has been my brilliant creative act.  I wish this for all people.” – Larry Barber, An Unlikely Strength An Unlikely Strength can be found in the suggested reading section of this blog because there are vast similarities between the…

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“8 minutes and 46 seconds – a different kind of cancer”

An Interview with: Everett L. Glenn, President of the ESP Education & Leadership Institute. On Thursday, I watched Reverend Al Sharpton deliver a poignant eulogy during the first memorial service for George Floyd. As captured in a Time article, Reverend Sharpton said, “George Floyd’s story has been the story of black folks. Because ever since 401 years ago, the reason…

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