Our donors never cease to amaze us with the generous, interesting and inventive ways they support Barrow Neurological Institute. Because grateful Barrow patients often become amazing Barrow donors, many of these individuals were treated at Barrow, or have a close relationship with someone who was. You can read some of their stories here, or check the Barrow magazine archives for past stories.
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Barrow patient Kyle Claffey passed away in April 2014 after battling brain cancer for nearly four years. The following May, his family and friends celebrated his life’s dream of opening a nonprofit bike shop in Phoenix. GMF Bike Shop refurbishes old bicycles and then places them up for sale, donating a portion of proceeds to Barrow for brain tumor awareness and research.
Charlotte Gould, 6, and her mother, Nicole, work to see that every child at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center has a special craniofacial bear. Each year, Nicole asks guests to Charlotte’s birthday party to bring a cash donation instead of a gift, and Charlotte gives her birthday loot to pay for the bears, which come from the Cleft Palate Foundation.
Cristin Van Driel
A former competitive cyclist was on a training ride in 2000 when she was hit by a car traveling between 45 and 55 mph. She was thrown nearly 50 feet, landing on her back and fracturing multiple vertebrae. Her doctors initially thought she would be paralyzed, but she began to regain feeling in her legs the day after the accident. However, her road to recovery would prove anything but smooth.
When Katelynn Lewallen, 10, finished her first two paintings on the new easel her parents had given her, her father, Jim, asked what she wanted to do with them. “I think I’m going to take them down to Hob Nobs, hang them on the wall and raise money for brain tumor research so that other people won’t have to go through what Papa did,” she said.
In June 2012, Chelsea Mueller faced a kind of “first” that wasn’t one she was looking forward to. It was the first Father’s Day she would be spending without her dad, who had died the previous year of a pituitary carcinoma. “I wasn’t sure what to do with myself,” she recalls. “I thought to myself that my dad wouldn’t want me moping about. I thought I should do something good and productive with the day.”
A talented musician, Greenwell saw a bright future in front of her. She was in the process of auditioning for a music-themed show on ABC and was about to record vocals for a major record label when one day, seemingly out of the blue, she started experiencing double vision.
Sy Syms Foundation
The Sy Syms Foundation made its first gift to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in 2010. But the roots of that gift reach back 30 years and tell the story of an American family founded on hard work and dedicated to philanthropy.