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March 2016

Getting Ready for the Shamrock Smash

Gabriella asked us to continue the fight to find less damaging treatments for kids with brain cancer and we are doing as she has asked. Our 3rd Annual “Crack the Cure” Gala is quickly approaching it will directly fund scientific research and help us fulfill the promise we made to her.

On […]

January 2016

Director of NIH to Speak at Smashing Walnuts Gala

Dr. collins & ellynSmashing Walnuts is honored to announce today that Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be a featured speaker at the 3rd Annual Cracking the Cure Gala on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Dr. Collins […]

December 2015

Smashing Walnuts Foundation Applauds Congressional Support for Pediatric Cancer Research

Gabriella&friend-yay$12.6 million in additional NIH funding will help advance research into pediatric diseases

Leesburg, Va.–The Smashing Walnuts Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding to find a cure for childhood brain cancer, commends Congress for coming together to pass, and the President for […]

November 2015

Scientists Have Breached The Blood-Brain Barrier For The First Time And Treated A Brain Tumor Using An “Ultrasonic Screwdriver”

This is such great news for the brain cancer world! It is good to see the scientific advancements that have been happening since Gabriella was diagnosed.

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Our Daughter’s Killer

Two years ago today Mark and I went to see our daughter’s killer. Our beautiful, bright, loving, carefree girl was stolen from us. She was abused, tortured, drugged and, after we helplessly watched this happen for 11 1/2 months, she was killed. I felt, and still do feel, like a victim of a horrific crime […]

Three years ago this morning…

Three years ago this morning our family had its last few minutes of normalcy and innocence. We had two happy and healthy kids… And, then our world was knocked off its axel.

Gabriella had an MRI scheduled. She had a slight palsy in her face and the blood tests that were done for things like Lyme […]

October 2015

Two years ago, today…

Two years ago, today, we buried our Sweet GG. On Halloween morning. It makes me ill to think about it. How can it be two years already? It feels like yesterday.

I can honestly tell you that this month has been one of the worst months of our lives. It ranks right up there with November […]

Gabriella’s Last Days

I’m sitting in bed, awake, while my husband and son are asleep. I’ve kept away from looking at photos and reading the dozen upon dozens of messages that I’ve received today. I’m so glad that we went out of town. I’m not certain how I would have gotten through the day if we hadn’t.

Little did […]


Three years ago today this picture was taken. Twenty-three days before our lives were forever altered with a terminal cancer diagnosis. Two years ago today Gabriella came home on hospice. Five days before our world crashed when Gabriella died.

I look at pictures like this where childhood innocence and pure joy of life are shining through […]