#GrowStacheStrong - Lou McKercher
Every November, people around the globe grow out their facial hair to participate in the phenomenon known as Movember or No Shave November. StacheStrong invites you to participate with us during November by letting your mustache grow wild as we aim to further spread our mission to combat the deadliest brain cancer. Make GBM awareness the reason behind why you’re growing out your mustache, because we’ve learned first-hand how difficult it is for a lot of people to talk about brain cancer. Patients and their families feel isolated during what is seemingly an insurmountable uphill battle. Let’s start the conversation today, one ‘Stache at a time!!!
What’s StacheStrong, you might ask? It is a 501(c)3 Charity we founded in 2018 as a result of a grim diagnosis of GBM to my brother, George “GJ” Gerner. Statistically, GBM has a life expectancy of 10-15 months and simply put, this is the most dire of brain cancers. GJ subsequently endured two emergency brain surgeries to remove golf ball sized tumors, several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, as well as plenty of other treatments. Everyone has heroes, but ours was one of the strongest you could ever meet. After a 25 month battle, our hero gained his wings on 9/17/19 as he passed the torch to us to continue his fight.
We had a tremendous amount of support last year from different police and fire departments, as well as several individuals from around the United States. Their efforts helped us raise over $10,000 for brain cancer research during November. This is where we need your help as we aim to GROW this campaign! If you or someone you know is interested, please email us and we will set up a donation page for your group on our website. We mustache you to tag @StacheStrong and use #GrowStacheStrong and #LiveStacheStrong in all social media posts. Together, we CAN make a difference!
StacheStrong is a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit Charity focused on raising funds and awareness for brain cancer research. We have raised vital funds for brain cancer research since inception and have become a beacon of hope for countless families facing this currently incurable disease across the country. All proceeds raised go directly to brain cancer research. With these funds, StacheStrong has:
- Partnered with the National Brain Tumor Society and together funded $500,000 to launch GBM AGILE
- Funded $100,000 to Mount Sinai NYC for a fully personalized immunotherapy vaccine
- Funded $50,000 for the StacheStrong and NREF Research Grant on behalf of the AANS/CNS Section
- Funded $50,000 towards The Targeting DNA Damage Repair in Glioma Consortium.