WHO WE ARE
Here at Leap-For-A-Cure, we are driven by a single mission: to do our part in advancing Brain Cancer Awareness, Education, and Diagnostic/Treatment Options for Brain Cancer and Severe Brain Trauma patients and families. Our decision making process is supported by medical personnel who share in the desire to improve the lives of those touched by Brain Cancer and Severe Brain Trauma via strokes, accidents, etc. Leap-For-A-Cure is 100% volunteer based with Methodist Hospital Foundation acting as its fiscal sponsor. Therefore, 100% of all donations supports its mission and remains in Omaha.
Each donation may be one small step for brain cancer awareness, but many donations become one giant LEAP-FOR-A-CURE!
Founded in July 2008 by the family of Heather Roberts, Leap-For-A-Cure is associated with the Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation, which serves as Leap-For-A-Cure's fiscal sponsor.
Heather Marie Roberts
1979 - 2016
Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
Few people ever think the unexpected will happen to them, and we were no different. However, in April of 2008, the unexpected became our reality. Our daughter, Heather, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain cancer. On April 24, 2008, she had her first of two craniotomies to retract her tumor; her second surgery was June 12, 2008. Even though both surgeries were considered successful, the entire tumor could not be retracted. She completed 6 weeks of radiation with low dose Temador (chemotherapy) and then completed 11 months of high dose Temador. After 11 months, her body said, "No more!" Her tumor remained "stable" until March 2014. After additional specialized radiation in San Francisco and another year of high dose Temador, she was "stable" once again.
It all sounds so easy, but it was not. Seizures, swelling, steroids, Avastin (which had to be stopped because of two strokes) followed her re-diagnosis. Heather remained a fighter as she continued to battle the side effects: weight gain, limited gait, memory loss, hair loss, tiredness, aches and pain. Her life drastically changed, but she continued to fight even though she knew the end was near. She took her last breath on November 8, 2016 at the young age of 37.
We always believed Heather was destined to be living proof of medical advancements for this dreadful disease. And we still believe that in a small way, she was. She beat cancer on so many levels, just not the level she needed to remain with us.
In the end, she knew how many people loved her and how many people she inspired to live a more meaningful life. So many were touched with her honesty, positive outlook on life, twisted sense of humor, and hope for a future. Her lessons remain in our hearts and give us a path to follow.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
2010 = FUNCTIONAL MRI AND STEALTHMERGE
2011 = THE 1ST BRAIN TUMOR CONFERENCE AT METHODIST ESTABROOK CANCER CENTER
2012 = $50,000 DONATION TO THE TISSUE BANK FOR METHODIST ESTABROOK CANCER CENTER
2013 = $300,000 STEALTHMERGE UPGRADE
2014 = $10,000 DONATION TO HOPE LODGE OMAHA
2014 = BIONESS L300 SYSTEM AND IPADS FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY
2016 = THE 2ND BRAIN TUMOR CONFERENCE AT METHODIST ESTABROOK CANCER CENTER
2017 = HYDROWORX 2000 WATER THERAPY POOL – “HEATHER’S HEALING PAD” – AVERAGING 24 PATIENTS DAILY WITH GAIT, BALANCE, AND WEAKNESS ABNORMALITIES.
2018 = POOL HEATING PANELS AND HALLWAY HANDRAILS FOR PATIENTS
2020 = HYPERARC SOFTWARE FOR THE VARIAN EDGE (STEREOTACTIC RADIATION SURGERY)
“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope”
MONSTER BASH 2019 SPONSORS
THE BAER FOUNDATION
MID-CONTINENT IRRIGATION, INC.
RON AND CONNIE BRASEL
STEVE AND SANDY CALLAHAN
DARMODY MANAGEMENT, INC.
JEFF AND JEAN KOERTEN
METHODIST HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
METHODIST PHYSICIANS CLINIC
NEBRASKA HEALTH NETWORK
SELENE FAMILY FOUNDATION
TIM MCGEE WITH CATALYST REAL ESTATE
THE VETTER FOUNDATION
BRAVADA’S WIGS AND EXTENSIONS
NEBRASKA CANCER SPECIALISTS
UNION BANK & TRUST COMPANY
BOB AND PATTY HENRICHS
FORD STORAGE & MOVING CO.
JOHN RE AND JEN PETERS
AMERICAN BRAIN TUMOR ASSOCIATION
WHAT IS A CRAINIOTOMY?
NATIONAL BRAIN TUMOR SOCIETY