Rick Oehme Foundation supports BBTRC, LGFFG
The Rick Oehme Foundation recently announced two gifts to Barrow Neurological Foundation: a contribution to support the work of the Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center and a five-year sponsorship of Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf. In 2008, Rick Oehme, who seemed to be in perfect health, began experiencing strange cognitive problems—seeing an exit sign and being unsure whether it meant to go in or out, forgetting his zip code at a gas pump. A golf-ball-sized glioblastoma was discovered in Rick’s brain in 2008, and for the next four years, he received aggressive care at Barrow. Rick died in 2012.
Rick, whose career began as an airline mechanic and ended as a vice president at US Airways, always lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed many activities—motocross, water and snow skiing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, traveling and playing the drums—and he loved people. Three hundred people from six countries attended his memorial service. The Rick Oehme Foundation was established in 2009 in honor of Rick. “We knew something needed to be done,” says his wife, Cindy. “We needed to remain hopeful about a disease that wreaked havoc in our lives.” The foundation supports research into brain tumors and partners with other organizations to raise funds and awareness. Its board includes Cindy; their children, Tanner and Riley; and Rick’s parents, Lois and Dick Oehme.