WNC Brain Tumor Support
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:16 PM EDT
News 13 has an exciting challenge to help give back.
Our morning anchors are spotlighting three local charities every month.
One will air each Monday morning, and after the third week we open up the voting to our viewers.
You will go to the WLOS Facebook page to vote for which charity you think deserves to win a $1,000 from our partner, Bryan Easler Toyota.
We start this month off with "WNC Brain Tumor Support".
May is Brain Tumor Awareness month, so now is the perfect time to bring awareness to what this non-profit does.
Members of "WNC Brain Tumor Support" meet for their annual spaghetti support fundraiser.
President George Plym is an eleven time brain tumor survivor.
He started the group twelve years ago when he realized there was no inclusive group for people with such a devastating diagnosis, "bottom line is the disease is bad enough but the side effects last for the long time and I don't want to see people suffering when they could be helped somehow. Even just a little bit."
Side effects from brain tumors can be extensive, impacting your speech, mobility, memory and feelings.
The group holds monthly support meetings and social events like the "survivors picnic."
The goals is to connect people like Mark Bordeaux who has survived a brain tumor and those widespread side effects.
Mark Bordeaux, brain tumor survivor, "it's good to have companions here on earth who have gone through what you have gone through. It makes a world of difference."
The group depends on fundraisers this like though to bring in funds.
"The reason we need money is we do not allow anybody to pay dues. I think that if have brain tumor or brain cancer and have gone trough chemo and surgery you have already paid your dues."
If the win, they would love to extend their services.
They want to help survivors, who don't have insurance, pay for alternative treatments and therapies to treat those side effects.
"I get so much out of it myself and sometimes I feel down and don't feel well I just have to think about what other people are going through with the same type of problems. I don't know why I'm still here... I'm very very thankful"
To find out more about the "WNC Brain Tumor Support", click here.