The 3rd annual "Candy and Friends" benefit concert for brain tumor patients was held on September 14, 2013 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland. The concert featured the music of Frank Sinatra and other popular jazz music and featured Paul Salos, finalist from America's Got Talent and Grammy nominated artist, Breggett Rideau. Chip Waggoner of Fox 4 News served as emcee. Mr. Salos was accompanied by the Dallas Christian Jazz Band. This year's concert's proceeds benefitted Legacy Brain Foundation. A silent auction with many exciting items was also held. The total dollar amount raised exceeded $9,000. It was wonderful to experience the positive atmosphere and watch everyone there enjoy the music while powerfully supporting Legacy Brain Foundation in its mission.
To see more pictures from the event and video clips, please visit www.candyandfriends.com.
The Celebration of Life luncheon is held every spring to honor brain tumor survivors and their guests. We recognize five and ten year survivors with a specially designed lapel pin, and present the Jeannie Murphy Spirit Award. This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the brain tumor community, who has shown extraordinary and unique courage, resourcefulness or ingenuity in battling cancer, or an individual who makes an astonishing effort to help fulfill the goals of the Legacy Brain Foundation. The Celebration of Life event has also provided an opportunity for brain tumor patients to meet other patients who understand what it means to survive a serious illness – and deserve recognition for it. Some ladies like to wear their fancy hats and scarves, and some like to display their "battle scars." This is one party where someone who has lost their hair will have plenty of company!
We hope you will join us at the next Celebration of Life event.
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.
Brandi Barkley was a unique and unforgettable individual. She had an upbeat personality and was sure to make you laugh, along with an infectious smile that was contagious to anyone around her. Brandi had a brain tumor removed in June of 2009 and unfortunately it came back to take her life three years later.
Brandi lost her job several months before passing and when searching for new employment, she mentioned that she wanted the opportunity to help others. This is what inspired the Ballin’ for Brandi kickball tournament and the money raised is donated to the Legacy Brain Foundation. What better way to honor Brandi and help others at the same time!
The Ballin’ for Brandi kickball tournament has been very successful and both tournaments combined have raised over $27,000 for the Legacy Brain Foundation! It is incredible to see the support from Brandi’s family, friends and kickball peers as they come together for this special event each year to remember Brandi and support the Legacy Brain Foundation.