My father’s journey

My father’s journey

At 73, my father’s symptoms started September 2019 with headaches, forgetfulness, incomplete sentences, eye discomfort, and mood swings. After about a month he experienced gait imbalance and we took him to the ER, where a CT scan showed a large mass.

We were then taken by ambulance to a specialty hospital for MRI and brain biopsy, where we were told it was a large, metastatic high-grade glioma stage 4 and the location was inoperable. Options included standard of care treatment: radiation, steroids and chemo (temodar 180mg, four times a week for 25 doses ). He had 10 doses without improvement.

My father decided not to proceed with treatment anymore. He was placed in hospice at home surrounded by family, in which he received excellent love and care from everyone. He passed December 20, 2019.

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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.