New in 2022!
The Carolina Brain Tumor Walk & Race community will be walking and running in person on April 23, 2022. After two years of coming together virtually, we look forward to being physically together, once again, for our 8th annual event. Virtual participant and programming options will still be available for those interested or unable to attend in-person.
The Steven Gainsboro Essence of Spirit Award
“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” – C.C. Scott
Award established in 2021-2022, by event co-chair and NBTS advocate, Holly Gainsboro, in memory of her late husband, Steven.
Holly shares Steven’s story and legacy, below:
“Steven was diagnosed with GBM IV on February 12, 2009. Like all brain tumor heroes, he endured surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, clinical trials, vaccines, stereotactic radiosurgery, etc. Much of his story isn’t unlike other brain tumor patients, but his spirit – his beautiful spirit – the essence of who he was deep down into his soul rose up in a way that I could never have anticipated. After the initial shock of the diagnosis, Steven began to look at the world – his world, through the eyes of joy, blessings, gratitude, and love. Each day, even the most difficult ones, were met with appreciation. With each surgery he would say “I get a do over!”, and each day he would say to me “I am so lucky. Why do I get to be so lucky, so blessed?” His only concern was for me, the burden his illness, and his death would place on me. As far as I was (and will always be) concerned, caring for him was the greatest honor and privilege of my life. Had I been given the chance, I would have taken care of him for a hundred years. While Steven’s life was cut short after only 22 months of living with GBM, his legacy carries on inside his children, Derek & Liana, as well as in my heart as I share our story, and give hope to all who are navigating their own brain tumor journey – patients, caregivers, family members and friends. Steven, and I lived those months with an Attitude of Gratitude – embracing each day as a gift to be unwrapped and treasured. “
This award honors, and reflects Steven’s positive attitude, and grace living with GBM IV, all the way until his last breath.
For information and support, please contact: Theresa Milanese, email@example.com, 484-947-1964