Drake High School students, Ross Valley residents and local merchants are rallying behind two brothers from San Anselmo that have been diagnosed with brain tumors in the past three years with a Fighting for the Cure relay that will take place, Saturday, April 21 from 1-5 p.m. at Drake High School.
Zach (23) and Spencer (20) Greene are doing well now, but the future for brain tumor survivors is filled with risks.
Zach and Spencer Greene
Zach (Drake '07) and Spencer ('09) were born and raised in San Anselmo and went to Brookside Elementary, Whitehill and Drake High School. They were active in sports and played soccer and tennis at Drake.
Both boys were diagnosed with Oligodendroglioma (Oligo) brain tumors in the past three and a half years and have undergone surgery and chemotherapy.
Drake High School's Fighting for the Cure
Drake High School's student-run club, Fighting for the Cure — stated by junior Emma Richman— is dedicated to increasing awareness and raising money for medical research to improve cancer treatments and outcomes.
Emma's family, like so many of her classmates', has been touched by cancer and she knows that finding cures will be one of her generation's greatest challenges.
In their inaugural year, they are raising money for Oligo brain tumor research.
"My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was ten," Emma says. "For many years I knew I wanted to do something, but I wasn't sure what. What I didn know what that I wanted to make a difference."
According to Drake junior Mitch Young, "there needed to be a call to arms. This is a way for us to come together and make a difference by raising awareness and money to find cures."
The Fighting for the Cure relay will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 1-5 p.m. at Drake High School
It will allow Drake students, faculty and parents to walk or run, individually or as teams. The goal is to raise more than $20,000 for Oligo research and awareness.
It will be an event with food, yoga, music and other activities. Drake students are working to make sure that the event is fun for the participants, while at the same time raising money.
In addition to the relay, individuals and local businesses are supporting the event with donations, services and fundraising events of their own.
The Yoga Lab in Fairfax will be contributing all class fees for the weekend of the event and will be also at the event to lead yoga activities.
A number of restaurants (including Iron Springs, Bolinas 123, and Il Davide) are donating 10-15 percent of receipts from one night the week of the event.
Zach & Spencer’s father, Brock, discovered there was little funding for brain tumors and close to zero funding for research into Oligo brain tumors. Working with the National Brain Tumor Society he started a research fund for Oligo and has raised $300,000 in the past 8 months by reaching out to friends and family. But Brock knows there is so much more to do.
“The outpouring of support and the generosity of our friends and neighbors has been amazing. This encouraged me to try to get more of our community involved.” While he had never been involved in fundraising before, he now sees that many people, whether they know his family well or not, are moved to help. That is one of the reasons he has high hopes for this community-‐wide effort.
Both Zach and Spencer have been involved the fundraising in general as well as Fighting for the Cure. Zach helped the club throughout the Fall while he was home working on graduate school applications, working with NBTS to build the web site and working with Drake’s Principal to get the event approved by the school district.
Both Spencer and Zach have made presentations to classes at Drake to build support for the event. Being a child of the sixties, Brock thinks about the slogan “if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem” when he looks at what is happening with Fighting for the Cure.
Each of the these students has determined that they want to be part of the solution to a huge problem and it gives him hope for the future—for his boys and for our society.
To visit the Fighting for the Cure website: www.braintumorcommunity.org/fftc
For more information: Please contact Brock Greene email@example.com (415) 254-‐1950
Note: The beautiful logo for Fighting for the Cure was designed and donated by renowned graphic artist and San Anselmo resident Michael Schwab.