Portland Brain Tumor Walk

The Combs-Meade Clan

I am uniting with others to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. I am passionate about this cause, so I’m taking action. I need your help in this fight.  National Brain Tumor Society will not rest until a cure exists - but more needs to be done. Please join in my effort!


Hello to all! This is The Combs-Meade Clan's fundraising page for the National Brain Tumor Society. All are welcome to register for our team and all are welcome to support us by donating!



Team messages

If you know me, you know that I'm a 4-year brain tumor survivor. When I learned about the Brain Tumor Walk going on here in Portland, it was a no-brainer (get it?) that I had to join the cause. In 2013, at the age of 15, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a tangerine. It was wrapped around my brainstem, my ear canal, and part of my eye. I was falling over, I lost 2 decibels of my hearing, my brain's ability to process what I saw slowed down somewhat, and I had the mentality of a fifth grader. After 33 hours of surgery and 6 weeks of radiation therapy, I made it through. I still have many issues I have to deal with, but I'm lucky in comparison. Now, I'm a college student and want to start my advocacy for tumor and cancer survivors this year. I received a scholarship from the charity Cancer for College that made it possible for me to go to college. I'm hoping that through my partnership with them and everyone my family knows, I can fundraise more for the NBTS. What I went through was hard, but there are others that need more help than me. We all deserve a cure, so let's fight!

 - Nicole Meade, team capitan



Cancer sucks! That's why I'm walking with Nicole!

 - Eric Combs, Nicole's grandpa



Watching Nicole fight for her life at such a young age terrified me. How can an otherwise perfectly healthy teen be struck with stomething so terrible? How many others, no matter their age, are struggling too? Watching her persist through her recovery inspired me. I don't know where she draws her strength and perseverence from, but it continues to bubble through her and into all areas of her life. And although she's doing well now, she still deals with complications from the tumor. No one should have to endure what Nicole went through. We need to unite against brain tumors!  We need more awareness, more research, and more funding. We need to join together and find a cure!

 - Gretchen Combs, Nicole's aunt



Thank you for donating to the NBTS through the facebook button, Cathy Skach! I accidentally set that up, but the thing that counts is you donated! Thank you so much! We wanted to give you an honorable mention here since your name won't show up in our honor roll -->

 - Nicole Meade, team capitan and Mrs. Skach's former student

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National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research and advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community. Your support ensures this important work will continue.

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