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Ohio Brain Tumor Advocates Advisory Board (AAB)

Ohio Brain Tumor Advocates Advisory Board (AAB)

 

The Ohio Brain Tumor Advocates Advisory Board (AAB) is a group of engaged advocates committed to building awareness about and advancing the fight against brain tumors through outreach, fundraising, and providing input to Case CCC Ohio Brain Tumor Working Group. The AAB consists of brain tumor patients, members of families touched by brain tumors, and members of Case CCC institutions’ staff. The group meets regularly to discuss ways to raise awareness throughout Northeast Ohio about brain tumors and support the Ohio Brain Tumor Working Group’s goal of forming the Ohio Brain Tumor Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE).

Members

Kit Sawyer, Co-Chair Kit Sawyer, married to Ray Sawyer, has been a school teacher, a legislative aide and the former Art of Positive Parenting director, and has extensive volunteering experience as a board of trustee member and executive member for Planned Parenthood of Cleveland and the Bon Foundation.
Ray Sawyer, Co-Chair Ray Sawyer, who lost his younger brother to glioblastoma, is a retired attorney and former Chief of Staff to Ohio Governor Richard Celeste. Mr. Sawyer has been a trustee of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1989, a member of the Visiting Committee of the School  of Medicine for over 20 years, and a member of the Distribution Committee and former Chair of the George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation.   
Kevin Barnes Kevin Barnes is an attorney and partner in charge of the Cleveland office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, who serves on the Case CCC Advisory Council as well as Board Chair for the Hiram House.
Joe Blanda Joseph Blanda, MD, an orthopedic surgeon from Akron who lost his son to glioblastoma, started the Blast Glioblastoma Foundation with his family in 2013 and has raised over a million dollars for brain cancer research (www.BlastGBM.com).
Edgar Boles Edgar Boles is an attorney who has been active in volunteering and community service in Cleveland.  
Leigh Hellner Leigh Hellner, a commercial real estate attorney who lost her husband to glioblastoma in 2012, has since been an advocate for brain cancer research.
Wendi Kramer Wendi Kramer is a full time employee at Cleveland State University and cancer survivor.
Dave & Whitney Komjati David and Whitney Komjati lost their son to glioblastoma.  Mr. Komjati, the Branch Manager of the KeyBank in Concord Township, and Mrs. Komjati a Kindergarten Paraprofessional in the Painesville City Local Schools, together with family, friends and community have raised more than $20,000 for brain tumor research.  
Ed McNamara  
Megan McNamara  
John Morley John Morley, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Electric Company, lost his wife to glioblastoma and has long been a trustee of University Hospitals, CWRU, Cleveland Orchestra, and several privately held companies.
Terry & Brenda Olive Mr. Terry Olive was a former intervention specialist for Elyria Public Schools for 38 years before he was diagnosed with and succumbed to glioblastoma in June 2016.  During the 41 months he lived with the cancer, Terry, with his wife, Brenda, by his side, was an active member of brain tumor advocacy.
Sandra Stewart Sandra Stewart, a retired nurse manager from the In Vitro Fertilization Center (IVF) at the Cleveland Clinic, has long been involved in the community service such as Partnership for Families.
Eric Tyler Eric Tyler, a financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors in Westlake, lost his wife to glioblastoma and is on the Board of Directors of Wigs for Kids.
Brian Willse Brian Willse, a web design expert with a focus on brand identity, has designed websites for Prayers from Maria Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Team Fox (Parkinson’s).