brain cancer awareness

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Press Release

So excited about the accomplishments we are striving for.  This press release cam out Friday.:



New Research Partnership Could Benefit Children with Brain Cancer
Bella Bowman Foundation and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center team up
to study effects of proton therapy on pediatric patients


(Baton Rouge) – When seven-year-old Bella Bowman from Baton Rouge was diagnosed early in 2011 with a brain tumor, it was a rare side effect from proton radiation treatment – brain stem necrosis – that ultimately took her life. This prompted Bella’s parents, Trey and Kim Bowman, to establish the Bella Bowman Foundation to help other families dealing with the struggles of having a child diagnosed with brain cancer. Part of that help is to further research.

“Very little research has been done on the side effects of proton therapy for children with cancer,” said Trey Bowman. “We are fortunate to have found Dr. Wayne Newhauser, chief of physics at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center right here in Baton Rouge, who is heading a team researching side effects from radiation therapy.” Dr. Newhauser is also the Dr. Charles M. Smith Chair of Medical Physics at LSU, and Director of the Medical and Health Physics Graduate Education Program at LSU in partnership with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

The Bella Bowman Foundation has announced a seed grant of $22,000 to the medical physics department of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to support research that aims to better understand the physics of how radiation causes necrosis. In particular, the funds provide a stipend to a medical physics graduate student, who will perform the research under the supervision of medical physics faculty.  Preliminary results from the study are expected by late 2014.

 “The longer-term ultimate goal is to provide cancer care specialists with tools to support clinical decision making, a complex task in personalized radiotherapy treatments for children,” said Dr. Newhauser. “We are grateful for the vision and support from the Bella Bowman Foundation. Bella’s story is an inspiration for us to work together to solve this rare but serious side effect.”

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About The Bella Bowman Foundation
The Bella Bowman Foundation aims to create and support research initiatives for pediatric brain cancer, fund educational opportunities and offer non-medical comfort care to children diagnosed with cancer and the families who care for them. The Bella Bowman Foundation was founded in 2012 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization. The Bella Bowman Foundation has a unique ability to address emerging challenges that a family faces following a child's diagnosis of cancer. Please visit www.bellabowman.org for more information or contact Trey Bowman at (225) 291-9499.

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 40 years. With five centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Houma and Gonzales, its service area encompasses 18 parishes across southeast Louisiana. For more information, please visit www.marybird.org.



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Monday, March 11, 2013

Update on the Ball



To the 569 people who attended the Bella Bowman Foundation's second annual Bella’s Ball last Thursday at L’auberge Casino Hotel, we offer up a heartfelt 'Thank You' for opening your heart and donations to support our event and our mission.
For those of you unable to attend Bella's Ball, but who have been such great supporters of the Bella Bowman Foundation, we'd like to share with you some of the evening's highlights.
This year, Bella's Ball raised $137,777.  This is more than double the amount raised from the first Bella's Ball held last May, just ten months ago.  We are very proud to report that the entire event was made possible through donations and with 100% volunteer efforts.  This means that all of the funds raised at Bella's Ball go directly to serving children with cancer and their families caring for them during such a difficult time.
The compassion from our guests, sponsors, donors and volunteers is so touching to witness and receive.  We deeply appreciate the time, talent and treasures that were so generously shared to make the Bella Bowman Foundation and Bella's Ball such a great success.
The Bella Bowman Foundation will continue to turn your compassion and generosity into gifts of Courage, Strength, Faith and Belief for children that are diagnosed with cancer.  The success of Bella's Ball will allow us to continue our mission in the coming year.  We look forward to sharing updates with you as our annual planning takes form.
Thank you all again for your generosity.   
“You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it!”



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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bella's Ball


What a amazing night!  It was beyond prefect!!  I cant wait to see the pictures.  Lovetrolux will send me a link to all the pictures and I will post them as soon as I get them!

Thank you to all the people who made this happen and also Thank you to all the people who came out and showed there support!
It was truly a night I will never forget!!  And I have this amazing picture to look at everyday to remind me!  Thank you Jacob!!!





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Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble, for the Lord your God will not fail you or forsake you.