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Gilroy Relay for Life

We were very fortunate to be part of an amazing and powerful Relay for Life the weekend before last here in Gilroy. It’s funny how things come full circle in life. Years ago Kathy got involved as a volunteer coordinator for the annual event when it was still fairly new in town. She pulled me and the rest of the family in to help out, and we loved it. Fast forward to this year when I was honored to speak at opening ceremonies as a survivor, and Kathy did an incredible job speaking at the luminary ceremony as a caregiver.

We had a wonderful team, “BUCK Carcinoid”, that was spearheaded by Stephanie with lots of help from Stacy. I was completely overwhelmed by the support from friends and family, several dozen people all wearing our black team shirts emblazoned with zebras. My parents were here. I was totally surprised by my best friend Derek, wife Leanne and daughter Faith when they showed up (seen holding our hands in photo). They actually slept in our house the night before and I didn’t know it. Well played. There were too many other people there to mention, but every single person truly touched me and Kathy.

Our emotions were fried through tears of sorrow and joy. We walked, played, reminisced and just had a great day. By Sunday morning when closing ceremonies rolled around I was spent. Several of us survivors stood up at the stage and watched lots of young people cheer for us, then come forward with signs saying things like, “It’s okay to be sad”, “Keep fighting”, “Stay strong”, and the one that made me really start bawling, a 5-year-old holding a sign that read “We’ve got this”. Ugh!

Well over $100,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event so special.

As for my health, I’m doing well, feeling good, and really working hard. I’m in a holding pattern just waiting to see what the next round of scans and labs reveal. Kathy and I will be off to LA in late August to visit my doc at Cedars-Sinai and I’ll be sure to post the results after that.

Take care.

Fundraising Update

The “One for Brian” Golf Tournament was an overwhelming success, raising over $30,000 toward the cost of my treatments!! Kathy and I really can’t believe it, and are so grateful to everyone involved. To date we have raised an incredible $76,874.63 which puts us beyond our original fundraising goal. It’s so wonderful and yet so hard to believe that we’ve come that far in just a few months. Not having to worry about paying for this therapy is such a blessing. Again, a huge and heartfelt Thank You!

Because we’ve reached that milestone, the Pasta Dinner Fundraiser that was planned for October 8th has been postponed indefinitely. We may revisit that next year if there’s a further need. Thank you so much to everyone who already did so much planning and legwork to get that dinner organized.

I return to Houston on October 11 for my second round of PRRT on October 12. An MRI on the 11th should give us some clues as to  how successful the first round of therapy was. I will continue to keep everyone updated here as my journey unfolds.

Great Fun at Gilroy Golf Course

Last Friday was a perfect day! It was awesome to see everyone having such a wonderful time at the golf tournament and dinner. Kathy and I continue to be humbled, amazed and overwhelmed by the incredible support from the community, friends and family. Thank you so much to everyone who planned, volunteered, supported, sponsored and participated in the event.

We’ll find out some time next week just how much money was raised, but it looks like the final tally will be well over $20,000. Amazing. This is one of those “Only in Gilroy” moments that we’ll always cherish. THANK YOU!!

Local Fundraisers Announced

Two great fundraising events have been scheduled so please save the dates. First will be a golf tournament and dinner at Gilroy Golf Course on Friday September 9th. Tee off will be at 2:00pm and dinner will follow. For a flyer with all the details please click here.

The second event will be a dinner and auction on Saturday evening October 8th at the IFDES Portuguese Hall. More information will be posted here as soon as it’s available.

Please don’t forget to mark your calendars!