Originally posted on NJ.com

While in the recovery room after her heart surgery 12 years ago, Nancy Mamis-King of West Orange suffered a stroke.  She was not able to speak, write, or read for four months afterwards.

“I had no communication at all,” she said in a recent interview.

During her stay in the hospital, her grandson came to visit one day and played a song on the piano in the lounge.  “The song was, ‘You Are My Sunshine,'” Mamis-King said.  “It was a song I had taught him.  I said, ‘You are my sunshine,” and then I surprised myself by being able to sing the entire song.”

Her husband, John King, was amazed.  “It was the first sentence she’s ever put together after the stroke,” he said.  “Even though she had worked with a speech therapist at the hospital, Nancy could just say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’  It wasn’t until her grandson sang to her that she was able to speak again. She got a big smile on her face and I remember feeling very hopeful that her brain was still intact.”…

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The SBTF welcomes our newest Board member Robert “Craig” Castellino, MD. A physician-scientist, Craig obtained both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University. He completed his internship and residency training in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, and his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Texas Children’s Cancer Center/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Craig has been on the faculty at Emory University since 2007 where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Craig’s passion is not only treating children diagnosed with a brain tumor, but furthering our understanding of what causes aggressive subtypes of brain tumors and using that knowledge to develop novel, less-toxic treatments for pediatric brain tumors. Craig is a member of various National and International Committees, as well as a recipient of numerous research grant awards, including grants from SBTF, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Defense (DoD). Craig is excited about the opportunity to use his knowledge and experience in the field of neuro-oncology on the Board of Directors of the SBTF to help brain tumor patients and expand the reach and mission of the SBTF.

11Alive & Chris Holcomb actively participated in the 16th Annual Race For Research, did you? Watch our YouTube video for highlights.

 

Video from this years race.

SBTF welcomes Bridget Torregrosa to the SBTF Board of Directors – Bridget is a financial services industry veteran who recently semi-retired from Invesco after 22 years. Bridget served in various senior roles in her career at Invesco; whose global headquarters are in Atlanta. For many years Bridget served as the Head of US Investment Operations, Head of US Client Reporting and Servicing. Six years ago she was asked by senior management to work as an internal senior consultant and travel to Invesco offices globally to review and study operational processes for efficiencies and opportunities and to help drive and impact change globally across Invesco. Bridget is well known for her passion and enthusiasm in business and in life. She is very self-motivated, works well independently but also enjoys working in a team environment. She has worked as the lead YMSL volunteer coordinator for the past 5 years. She was asked to serve in the position for 2 years but asked to continue to lead it after her term had expired. She hands the reigns over to another YMSL mother this year but will continue to be a strong force of help for the SBTF annual race as Chair of the Volunteer Committee. Bridget is maried to Paul Torregrosa and has two sons, Brady and Wyatt, who volunteered each year the the SBTF Race For Research. Welcome Bridget!