A Miraculous Happening

A Miraculous Happening

I am almost 75 years of age and am a 59 year survivor of a cystic brain tumor which was removed at Mayo Clinic in October of 1960 by Dr. Colon S. McCarty. I feel that God let me miraculously survive because he had other plans. The miracle, however, occurred when I was a patient at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. After numerous evaluations, etc. it was decided that I should undergo exploratory surgery. During that surgery, however, something happened (I was informed, blood on the brain) that a second surgery was necessary. Afterwards, my pulse was very weak, but suddenly it basically normalized. I could go into more details, but I wish to be an encourager. Please contact me if I can be of some assistance (dljkirtley@gmail.com).

David J. Kirtley | Survivor | Cystic brain tumor within cerebellum

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Mindee Plugues

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Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten

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Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.