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Two UCLA Neurosurgeons to Be Showcased in Documentary for the First Official National Brain Tumor Awareness Month
Date:4/30/2009

Two UCLA neurosurgeons will be featured in a documentary for the Nation's first Brain Tumor Awareness Month. These two neurosurgeons will put their skills to the test as they perform surgery to save a father and his thirteen year old stepson.

TAMPA, Fla., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of UCLA's neurosurgeons will be featured in the Nation's first official Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Dr. Linda Liau, Professor of neurosurgery and Dr. John Frazee, a cutting-edge neurosurgeon, will show their skills as they perform surgery to save not only a father, but his thirteen year old stepson who was also diagnosed with a brain tumor. Does lightning strike twice in the same spot? In this case it does as Bob Gibbs and his stepson Christopher were both diagnosed with brain tumors, in less than one year of each other.

In an effort to increase much needed awareness for brain tumors, and the critically urgent need for research funding, Gibbs agreed to not only allow cameras to follow him and his family through their journey, but it also led to the formation of Miles for Hope, a nonprofit 501(c )(3) organization dedicated to funding cutting-edge research, which should ultimately lead to a cure for a disease that affects over 200,000 people each year in the United States.

"Our research over the past five years has opened our eyes to the fact that there are very promising treatments on the horizon, just waiting to enter clinical trials, but they cannot be started since there is no funding for them," stated Gibbs. "If it was not for Dr. Liau, her skills, and her experimental vaccine that I eventually qualified for, I might not be here today. I feel I owe my life to Dr. Liau and felt the need to create Miles for Hope, and help others by funding research and providing flight assistance to qualified patients thanks to the generosity of AirTran Airways."

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