Meet the Committee: Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk

Sunday, June 14, 2020, Virtually Broadcasting from San Francisco, CA

The Leadership Committee is the backbone of the Bay Area Walk.  It consists of a dynamic group of incredible volunteers that work closely with NBTS Staff to bring this annual event to fruition. If you are interested in learning more and possibly joining our team, email Jenifer Prentiss at jprentiss@braintumor.org. Meetings take place on a monthly basis on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6pm via conference call.

Please allow me to introduce you to our amazing team below:

Stacy Adams – In-Kind Donations & Silent Auction

Team: F YOU CUTLER

In 2015 I was diagnosed with a meningioma. Four brain surgeries and radiation to treat the regrowth later, I am using my voice to spread awareness about brain tumors and to support the NBTS. This will be my third year participating and I cant wait for this years walk!

Travis Becker – Recruitment, Mentor & Silent Auction

Team: #Olliestrong

My brother was diagnosed with a GBM in April 2019.  He is healthy as can be and ray of light for all of us to see.  I joined this committee to give back and contribute all of my event planning ideas 🙂  Cannot wait for the event in June!

Elizabeth Clar

Team: Team Clar

My sweet and caring husband, Adam was diagnosed with a grade III astrocytoma in 2004 at age 25. He was able to live out his dream and work as a cardiac nurse for two years before his passing in December of 2018. We loved participating in the walk together and the NBTS  has consistently provided support for our family. I want to help others who are dealing with this terrible disease and look forward to the day when there is a cure. I am excited for my first year on the committee.

David Efros – Bio Coming Soon

Pidge Gooch – Corporate Development, PR, Social Media & Silent Auction

Team: Team Gooch

My vibrant and robust husband, Jimmy, was diagnosed with GMB right before Christmas 2017.  Fueled by a faith that inspired others, he used his training as a US Marine and a Firefighter to give the beast quite a fight – all while leading his friends and family to deepen their faith and believe in the power of hope. He died on April 8, 2019, surrounded by our three children and their spouses as the sun rose over the Delta. He was 58 years old. I will not stop fighting to raise awareness until we have made real progress in treatment and support for both the victims and the caregivers of those afflicted with GBM.

Lauren Kwist – Administrator

Team: Lauren’s Quest

I am a brain tumor survivor. I was diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma in 2015 and I had a craniotomy shortly thereafter to remove the tumor. Today I live a life almost 100% symptom free. I realize I am one of the few lucky patients. I am a committee member because I wanted to find a way to help the many other people that have suffered and will suffer more than me.

Karl Pontau – Marketing

Karl was diagnosed with two malignant germinomas when he was 15. Thanks to the support from his friends, family, and community  the experience inspired him to give back and help as many people that he could. Karl helps others through his animation business, Squash and Stretch Productions, and a support group he co-founded called Brainiacs of SF Bay.

Team: Brainiacs of SF Bay

Rani Menon – Mentor

Team: Bamboo Strong

My brother was diagnosed with an Oligodendroglioma at the age of 29. He spent the next 11 years of his life fighting to try and help find a cure so that others would not have to endure what he had to. He passed after his 40th birthday almost exactly 11 years to the date of his diagnosis. My brother passed but, we continue to fight that battle in his name and in countless others who passed all too soon, in the hopes that one day no one else would endure their pain.

Minh Nguyen – Brand Awareness & Recruitment

Serving on the NBTS planning committee for the walk is very important because the events will help raise more awareness about the disease and also helps patients learn more about topics that are not likely talked about, the more knowledge the sooner the treatment!

Rita Patel – Mentor & Marketing

Team: Satish’s Tumornators

My husband was a healthy bundle of energy and smiles. In 2017, on his 48th birthday, he was told that he has a very aggressive brain cancer, Glioblastoma. He rolled up his sleeves and fought with everything he had. Unfortunately, the aggressive nature of GBM is that all the treatment simply buys time. There is no cure. He passed away September 2018. Awareness increases our chance for a future cure! I want to join a movement for a change.

Leah Recht – Chairperson

Team: Hope By The Bay

My father died at age 58 in 2007 after a 3-year fight with a nasty chordoma on his brain stem. Even with the best medical technology at the most renowned medical facilities available, the journey seemed unknowable and insurmountable. NBTS offers resources for patients, caregivers and their families through all stages of the disease, and the research the organization funds provides real hope for improving quality of life and possibly a cure in the not-too-distant future. It is important to me to be a part of that.

Krista Stryker – Bio Coming Soon