The staff and board of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure are deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Gibbs on December 10, 2011, more than 6 years after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Our sympathies go out to Bob's wife, Barb, and all the members of his family during this very difficult time.
Bob and his wife Barb founded Miles For Hope in 2008 to increase brain tumor awareness and raise funds for cutting-edge brain tumor clinical trials. The Clearwater, Florida-based non-profit organization provides medically-necessary transportation to brain tumor patients enrolled in clinical trials. In addition, Miles For Hope assists patients in the process of storing their brain cancer tissue for future use and testing.
Bob saw great promise in brain cancer vaccine research and focused funding in that area. Earlier this year, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure partnered with Miles For Hope in awarding a $100,000 research grant to UCLA neurosurgeon Linda Liau, M.D., PhD to advance her DCVAX brain cancer vaccine trial for low-grade glioma patients.
"Bob made major impacts in the fight against brain cancer," said Max Wallace, CEO of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. "The entire brain tumor community took great inspiration from his courage, compassion, humor, determination and strength."