Marilyn Baker

“SMART Technology-focused Educator” Marilyn Baker was born May 12, 1944 and raised in Saline, Louisiana. She is the daughter of the late Guy Thomas and Mary Pogue Thomas. She met her first husband, Ralph Davis, when he came to buy watermelons from her dad. They married and in March 1962, they moved to Wisner and farmed cotton and soy beans for a living. Marilyn and Ralph had 3 children: Dewanna Lynne Ponder Durbin, Sandra Ann Sullivan, and Ralph Davis Jr. In1978 she accepted a job at Shady Grove High School in Bienville Parish, where she taught first and second grades (often both in the same … [Read more...]

Meet John

John and his devoted wife, Elaine, live in Sierra Vista, Arizona. John was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Glioblastoma brain tumor on September 11, 2006. Prior to this diagnosis, John was a healthy and hard-working man who enjoyed playing pool and listening to rock and roll music. He began having headaches that were so bad they forced him to leave work early. This was very unusual for John and concerned Elaine greatly. After trying to deal with these headaches and unusual weakness for a week, John and Elaine went to the ER where they performed a CT scan and discovered the brain tumor. Needless to … [Read more...]

Carol Drozdowski

“Belle of the Ball” Carol Drozdowski was born on December 23, 1943. Carol was a passionate, energetic and loving woman who continued caring for her family and those around her until her passing. Her family meant everything to her. Whether it was planning the family reunions for her very large, Polish extended family or raising her three daughters, Carol was always there with positive energy, enthusiasm and love. Her cancer journey did not lessen her devotion to her family. While battling her own cancer, she continued to be the consummate caregiver. She cared for her aging mother, … [Read more...]


“Husband, Father, Camper” Ed was led to our program by angels (literally, the Angels to Guide You website) in August 2007. Ed had originally been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002, at which point he underwent brain surgery followed by radiation. The tumor recurred in July 2007, and Ed was then treated with oral chemotherapy as well as gamma knife surgery later in October. Ed and his wife Sarah, along with their children, fought the disease hard for a very long time. Ed enjoyed camping and listening to country music, as well as spending time with his loving family. He earned his wings on … [Read more...]


“A Girl and her Dog” Alexa was born on February 21st, 1998. She was healthy as can be. Alexa was a normal child and never had any health complications. She enjoyed being a kid and did very well in school! In early May 2006, her parents noticed that their eight-year-old daughter Alexa had started showing several odd medical symptoms, but nothing that seemed too alarming. She had several headaches, double and blurry vision, and some dizziness. Her family figured she might be having eye problems. They began noticing that Alexa's left eye was not tracking properly. On May 11th, 2006, Alexa saw … [Read more...]


“Pooh Bear” Ella – joined our program in September 2008. She was also diagnosed with a DIPG in December 2007 at the age of six and fought a brave battle for eleven months. At the age of seven, she became a published poet and her wish was to grow up to be a teacher. Although never given the opportunity to grow up, she was the best teacher any of us could have asked for. She taught us all so much about life, love and finding joy in the midst of the darkest of times. Ella earned her wings on November 21, 2008 and is greatly missed by her parents, her little brother and all of us who knew her. … [Read more...]


“A True Hockey Lover” JonJon – joined our program in July 2008. He was diagnosed with a DIPG in December 2007 at the age of six years old. He fought hard to maintain his life of school and play throughout his treatments. As a true hockey lover, JonJon gained the support of the Buffalo Sabres alumni, who played a hockey game to raise money for him. At the game, JonJon dropped the puck in the face-off, a dream come true for the youngster. Although JonJon lost his battle with brain cancer on November 16, 2008, he won the love and support of so many during his journey. He is greatly missed by his … [Read more...]


“The Optimist” Tribute to Gunner Gillespie On Thursday, October 23, 2008 Gunner Henry Gillespie earned his wings. Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor on November 30, 2007, Gunner and his family have spent the last year on a journey to “move Gunner’s mountain.” Gunner entered this world on September 4, 2000, with a fighting spirit and a fierce will to live. Born prematurely in Robinson, IL, Gunner weighed only 1 pound 14 ounces and was 13 inches long. He was so tiny that his dad’s wedding band would slip up and down his arm. Gunner’s determination was amazing to watch and humbling to … [Read more...]

Caleb S

Joined our program in June 2008. Caleb was diagnosed with a DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) on April 3, 2008 at the age of 10 years old. Caleb was a sweet, caring boy who demonstrated incredible athletic prowess. Baseball became his sport of choice, although he played basketball and football to fill in the time between baseball seasons. He was a loving brother to Jacob, Luke and Seth and the much loved son of Kim and Ken. Caleb was a true OSU Cowboys fan as well as a lifelong Texas Rangers fan. His plan was to play baseball for the Rangers when he grew up, and thanks to the Make-A-Wish … [Read more...]


Joined our program in March 2007. Luc was born on August 4, 2005, with a Grade 4 Glioblastoma brain tumor. During his two and one half years of life, he fought many challenges, including diabetes insipidus, auditory neuropathy and legal blindness. Luc was in and out of the hospital on a regular basis, dealing with seizures and infections. His loving mother and big sister never gave up on him and filled his life with as much love as humanly possible. He brought them just as much joy in return and will be greatly missed. Luc earned his wings on March 3, 2008. … [Read more...]