Keeping the Faith

As we celebrate 17 years of dedication to raising funds for brain cancer research and inspiring hope for the brain cancer community, we want to know who you run or walk for! At each 5K event, we pay tribute to extraordinary individuals who are currently fighting or who have survived a brain tumor, selected from the nominations submitted by their loved ones.

Sharing the personal stories of those in the midst of their fight is an important part of the awards ceremony. While we recognize the athletic accomplishments of our top runners, we also spend time presenting a Keeping the Faith to the special people for whom Head for the Cure exists.

The struggles and triumphs of our Keeping the Faith recipients are even more poignant when shared with everyone on race day as we pay tribute to what they have survived and what lies ahead for them.

Search Recipients

Dean Slavick (aka Fisherman-Extradinaire) has quite an interesting GBM experience.
My brother Ryan has been battling brain cancer since November 2014. He was doing well until last October when the cancer attacked his spinal cord and paralyzed him from the waist down.
Ryan was just 21 when he was diagnosed with DIPG - an inoperable brain tumor last November. He was treated at Henry Ford with chemo and radiation.
This is my dad Michael Smith. On July 26 2016 he had a seizure which caused him to roll his 18 wheeler. After some testing they found a mass in his brain.
I would like to honor Jon Smith with a Keeping the Faith award.
This is our 24 year old son Mitchel! He is a graduate of Columbia College & LETI.
Greg was diagnosed in April 2014 with Glioblastoma, Stage 4 and a very aggressive brain cancer, after undergoing brain surgery to remove the tumor.
Julian is no stranger to racing events.
Amy Smith is my cousin, but honestly more like a sister and is the strongest person I know. After a bout with colon and uterian cancer about 10 years ago, she was diagnosed with glioblatoma.
Steve Smith – my Brother, my Hero! Nearly 3 years ago, my Brother’s life changed forever.
Dan's journey as a brain tumor survivor started in 1999. He was in college and had about one and a half more years towards his Masters in Physics.
Susan Smith lost her father to brain cancer in 2000. She was devastated to learn that she would have to fight a similar battle when she was diagnosed in late October 2007.