It takes determination to become a world-class athlete. It takes determination to face an ACC diagnosis and manage the disease over a decade. And it takes determination to share your painful and glorious journey in a very public way. Amazingly, Gabe Grunewald mustered the determination to handle all three efforts at the same time.
A young mother diagnosed with ACC might be forgiven for blocking out the world and focusing on only her immediate family. Ella Pinney refused to shrink within her own world.
As one of the original members of ACCRF's Board of Directors, Kara Gelb helped set the tone and direction of the foundation. She combined a keen, results-oriented mind with a velvety ability to put people at ease in coming to useful solutions.
Golf can be a good walk for a good cause. This is the lesson to be learned from the Doherty and Palus families, whose ACCRF Golf Tournaments have raised more than $75,000 for adenoid cystic carcinoma research in just two years.
Dan Dube is remembered as the vibrant, committed and empathetic champion of the ACC patient community that, more than anyone, he helped build. Diagnosed in 1998, Dan became very active in patient gatherings and online groups, providing educational and emotional support to patients struggling to deal with their diagnosis.