The Brain Tumor Initiative supports the treatment and research of brain cancer in New Orleans so that patients do not have to leave town to receive care
Proceeds will go toward establishing a center at the LSU Department of Neurosurgery in New Orleans to support the treatment of brain cancer patients. Patients should be able to receive the quality care they need here at home. Clinicians and researchers working side by side will deliver the most advanced treatment available while working to find a cure for the prevention of such a devastating illness.
On January 8th, 2008, Kelsey Favrot was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor known as Gliomatosis Cerebri. During the next 20 months, Kelsey underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy with courage, hope and grace. Unfortunately, she had to receive treatment out of town because none of the hospitals in New Orleans had a physician whose primary focus was neuro-oncology. The distance was a hardship for Kelsey, her family and friends, who would have preferred she remain in New Orleans for care so they could be at her side. Throughout her treatment, Kelsey expressed concern for those brain cancer patients unable to travel out of state, whether constrained by their illness or financial considerations. With characteristic determination, Kelsey began to explore ways to assist those who would face a brain cancer diagnosis in the future. Kelsey succumbed to brain cancer in August 2009.
Her family and friends established the Kelsey Bradley Favrot Neuro-Oncology Chair at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center to provide comprehensive research and treatment for brain cancer patients.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Wendy Roark in the LSU Neurosurgery Department at (504) 568-2582.