NBTS Fall Challenge: Miles for Milestones

Head Zeppelin

My name is Pam Gantt, and I am the team Captain of our Team, Head Zeppelin honoring  Larry Gantt, beloved husband, father, brother, friend, and just all around great guy!  Our team is excited to join forces with the National Brain Tumor Society by participating in the first ever Fall Challenge: Miles for Milestones. Please support our efforts by either registering to join our team or consider making a donation to one of our team member's fundraising efforts. While we continue to navigate living in a virtual space, we are reminded of the benefit it provides; YOU can support this year's event and take part in the program on October 17th from anywhere in the world! The National Brain Tumor Society is committed to conquering and curing brain tumors — once and for all

 Brain tumors have affected my family personally, so the fight continues!!!! My husband of 12 1/2 years, Larry Gantt, had his first brain tumor in March 2011. The tumor was diagnosed as a benign Meningioma, however that would not turn out to be the true diagnosis. After radiation and 5 years of MRI's, we thought we were in the clear. No such luck! In March 2018, Larry began having some similar symptoms. We received the dreaded news on St Patrick's Day, March 17, 2018. Larry had another tumor, baseball sized, and it did not appear to be benign this time. Larry had surgery on March 19th, and approximately 90% of the tumor was removed. He was diagnosed with a rare type of aggressive Grade 3 malignant brain tumor called a Hemangiopericytoma. On May 17, 2018, before he could start Proton Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy, it was discovered that the tumor had returned. Surgery was performed again on May 29, 2018, and the surgeon was able to remove 100%. In August 2019, he completed Proton Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy, then battled an allergic reaction to the Chemo. Things finally started looking better, then in February 2019, he contracted Meningitis. That was a real fight for his life, and he spent 5 months in hospitals and rehab facilities. He came home in July, and began home therapy. On October 25, 2019, Larry suffered a grand mal seizure that put him back in ICU for weeks. He finally began to improve, but did not seem to be gaining his strength back. On the day that he was to be moved to a skilled nursing facility, he took a turn for the worse from pneumonia and a blood clot. The seizures continued, and after a period of unresponsiveness, our family decided that Larry should no longer suffer from this awful disease. On December 3, 2019, Larry lost his battle with this terrible illness, but gained an eternal life in the kingdom of heaven with our Lord and Savior.
Now, we must continue the fight for our beloved Larry! Larry and I created Team "Head Zeppelin featuring Larry Gantt" back in 2018. For anyone that knew Larry, you know how much he loved Rock music! We thought this play on words was true to Larry's personality, and to the way he faced his battle. Once again,  in order to protect the Brain Tumor Community, the walk will be held virtually. This means that you all can participate this year wherever you are! I am asking as many of our family and friends as possible to participate in this year's Brain Tumor Walk, whether physically or via a donation to our team. Pick a spot that you would like to walk, and let's all join together to honor a beautiful life lost, and to fight for a cure, so that others are not taken too soon. My local family & friends will walk at Celebration Park, a place where Larry and I walked together on many occasions, and where we can "celebrate" a life well lived, and well loved. A cure must be found, and we hope that you can help to further the research on the fight against brain tumors! God bless you all!

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
Pam Gantt

Thank you for your support of this critical mission!  For more information on the National Brain Tumor Society, visit www.braintumor.org.
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