Hypothalamic Hamartoma Survivor

Hypothalamic Hamartoma Survivor

My name is Sierra Crislip. I am 23 years old and a brain tumor survivor of a rare brain tumor, known as Hypothalamic Hamartoma. For 8 years, i had epilepsy, constant gelastic seizures on a daily basis and poor cognitive/learning deficits. All throughout school, I was bullied and had no friends. The removal of my brain tumor has left me with high social anxiety, learning difficulties and roadblocks on keeping jobs, etc. Recently, I wrote my first book, which has been published. It’s titled “Weird Girl With a Tumor” and is available on Amazon. It talks about my experiences and hardships I faced with the tumor and the after effects. Can you please share my story and book with your foundation? I would like to advocate for others who may be going through similar situations like I have.

Hope to hear from you!
Sierra Crislip

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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.