September 1, 2011, my husband, Phil Baumann (of Baumann Paint & body) was diagnosed with brain cancer called Glioblastoma Multiforme, Grade 4. A Glioma is the main group of brain tumors, occurring in 65% of brain tumors. Glioblastoma originates in the glial cells that surround and support neurons. It is highly resistant to radiation and chemotherapy and so invasive that surgery almost never eliminates it. Patients suffering from this malignant Glioma live on average for about 14 months with treatment.
We were devastated. We have an 12 year old son, Colby who is in 6th grade. After 2 surgeries in 7 months, we are desperately putting our faith in God and the research team at MD Anderson in hopes they find a cure.
Thanks to all of our CureFest Sponsors, please frequent their businesses. It is only with their help that we are able to bring you this amazingly fun day of music and activities. Of course it is with all of your help that we continue to raise record breaking amounts of money for cancer research – over $300,000 in just two years!
On Phil’s second tumor we opted not to have surgery and instead take our chances with a trial at MD Anderson called Delta-24-RGD. The virus spreads in a wave through the tumors until there is no cancer cells left. Delta-24-RGD forces tumor cells to devour themselves. The virus has been engineered to ‘infect’ only cells that lack the Rb tumor suppressor gene, a condition unique to tumor cells.
About 17,000 people are diagnosed with cancer that began in or next to the brain every year in the United States. Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and most malignant primary tumor of the brain and associated with one of the worst 5-year survival rates among all human cancers. Nevertheless, a small fraction of glioblastoma patients survive for more than 36 months. These patients are referred to as long-term survivors. We want to increase these statistics and put more money into research and help find a CURE for Phil and all others.
With Standard chemo and radiation treatment Phil was given 14 months to live, but due to taking our chances with the Delta-24 RGD trial at MD Anderson he is now in his 31st month of surviving this deadly disease. We believe if it wasn’t for the research at MD Anderson he wouldn’t be here today.
Our focus is to raise money to put into research to help them find a Cure and that can’t come too soon for us and a quickly growing population of brain cancer patients. Brain Cancer is one of the least funded cancers and has the least awareness out there. Finding a Cure for all types of brain tumors will not happen overnight. It needs lots of research – if we are to achieve the same successes in treatments as have been discovered for diseases such as Leukemia, breast and lung cancer.
We have started this effort by putting together a Music Festival Fundraiser every year in Humble. All proceeds will go to The Brain Cancer Research Team at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Brain Tumors are the:
- Second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children (male and female) under age 20 (leukemia is the first)
- Second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males ages 20-39 (leukemia is the first)
- Fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in females ages 20-39
In 2013, approximately 4,300 children younger than age 20 was diagnosed with primary brain tumors, of which 3,050 were under the age of 15.
In the world of cancer, money equals research, research equals treatments and cures. Please reach into your heart (and your wallet) to donate whatever amount you can. You can donate silent and live auction items; you can use your credit card to donate from www.CureFest.com; you can volunteer to help at the event. The friends and family of Phil Baumann welcome and need your support.
Save the Date
Please come to CureFest 2015 at the Humble Civic Arena for a day of family fun and music and share your love with many amazing people from performers to patients who are fighting for a cure.
Noon until 11pm
Humble Civic Arena
Please Spread the Word
Help us spread the word about this amazingly exciting day. Share our sites through social media like facebook, www.facebook.com/curefest. Invite your friends and family. Soon you will be able to pre-purchase tickets for individuals, families or groups at www.CureFest.com.
YOU CAN HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON DEVELOPING A CURE FOR BRAIN CANCER!