2014 Celebration of Life

The Hotel InterContinental | 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, TX 75001
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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The Legacy Brain Foundation once again honors brain tumor patients and their families at the 9th Annual Celebration of Life event. This year, we are honored to have Dr. Richard Weiner as our guest speaker, who is not only a world-renowned neurosurgeon, but is a pilot skilled in flying a variety of aircraft, including a fighter jet! Dr. Weiner will give us his unique perspective on the future of brain tumor treatment, including some of the techniques and procedures that he introduced to North Texas. 

The theme this year is “Come Soar With Us!” as we celebrate with a flight theme – perhaps a natural sequel to last year’s “Blue Skies and White Clouds” theme. We will enjoy a relaxing meal, hear Dr. Weiner discuss the latest advances in neurosurgery, and honor those battling a brain tumor diagnosis. As in years past, special award pins will be presented to five and ten year survivors. 

The Celebration of Life event includes presentation of the Jeannie Murphy Spirit Award, given each year to honor the person who has contributed the most to the brain tumor community. In the past, honorees included Jerry Kline, who was the 2013 featured speaker; Dana Hamilton, who served as treasurer for the LBF for many years; and Jackie Pennington, who hosts the Kerry Pennington Golf Tournament every year, benefitting the LBF. Please email your nomination for this award to Dana McCann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 27th.

The Celebration of Life includes a luncheon, prepared by the Hotel Intercontinental’s gourmet chef. There will be plenty of time to visit with other guests, and Dr. Weiner will be available to answer questions following his presentation. 

Tickets for the Celebration of Life are $30 per person and can be purchased here on the site or by calling 972-566-6260. We will also send an Evite to your email address so you can forward it on to friends and family that you want to be with you on this special day.

If you have questions, please contact Dana Hamilton by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 214-282-0398.

Please Note: RSVP deadline is April 27th.

Thank you for sharing our vision and please plan to join us on this very special “Celebration of Life” on May 3rd. 

Deborah Brown-Reed, Honored With the Jeannie Murphy Spirit Award

The 7th annual celebration of life event on May 5th, 2012, announced Deborah Brown-Reed as the recipient of the "Spirit Award".  She is truly an individual with a heart full of love and concern for others, while always discounting her own issues.  She works full time, sits on the board of the Legacy Brain Foundation, and supports Gray Matters and Head For The Cure.  She's a brain tumor patient, she's a caregiver, she's a volunteer, and she's embraced the fighting spirit and has a positive attitude like Jeannie.  On May 5th Deborah was on her way to St. Thomas to be at one of best friend’s wedding, so the following week at the Head for the Cure 5K the beautiful engraved plaque was presented to her by Mary Ruth Murphy, Jeannie's daughter.  

For information on nominating someone for the "Spirit Award", please contact Mary Lee Houghton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Jeannie Murphy Spirit Award Nomination Application form.

Head for the Cure 2014

May 10, 2014 | Oak Point Park, Plano, TX
5k Begins at 8:00 a.m.

Interested in joining the Legacy Brain Foundation team? Register online at headforthecure.org. Under the “Events” tab, click on the “Head for a Cure 5k North Texas” tab and search for the Legacy Brain Foundation Team.

Have you ever wondered why brain tumor patients couldn’t have their own "Race for the Cure"?  Although it is true that some brain tumor patients have disabilities that make it impossible to run, or even walk, five kilometers, there are many others that would gladly run to raise awareness, particularly in the hope that someday a cure will be found.  Fortunately, a group of determined North Texas men and women began the Head for the Cure 5K, which raises awareness – and money – for brain tumor causes.

Go to www.HeadForTheCure.org to register or donate today.


Ready, Set, Volunteer!

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little."   --Edmund Burke

Do you like to write?  Are you an amateur photographer?  Do you like to tweet your friends a couple of times a day?  The Legacy Brain Foundation could use your talents and skills! 

Celebration of Life - What's it All About?

If you’re new to the brain tumor community, you may not be aware that there are multiple programs, support groups, and fund-raising events specifically for brain tumor patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Seven years ago, a group of brain tumor survivors, caregivers, and their friends planned the very first networking event for brain tumor patients.  The Legacy Brain Foundation has continued this annual tradition every spring, recognizing five and ten year survivors with a specially designed lapel pin, and presenting the Jeannie Murphy Spirit Award to an individual who had made a significant contribution to the brain tumor community.

The Legacy Brain Foundation

The Legacy Brain Foundation was founded by brain tumor patients, their family members, and their physicians. We saw a need in North Texas for an organization dedicated to raising awareness of brain and spinal cord (neurological) tumors as well as how the diagnosis of one of these tumors affects the patient and their family.  Learn more about the Legacy Brain Foundation.

If you would like to get involved and help reach more families whose lives have been affected by a diagnosis, learn how you can help!

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