Who Was Ben Ivy?

Benjamin (Ben) Franklin Ivy III graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Cornell University and received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He was President of Ivy Financial Enterprises, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory firm in Palo Alto, California. Ben was a Certified Financial Planner and a Registered Principal of Associated Securities Corp. who specialized in investment real estate. He was a pioneer in the concept of comprehensive financial and estate planning through a very successful series of lectures and workshops.

Ben possessed great intellect and had the ability to communicate his thoughts and ideas to his clients. He was listed annually in “Who’s Who in America” for over 20 years. In November of 2005, Ben lost his battle with brain cancer. He had survived only four months after diagnosis. Ben set a true example of living life to the fullest. He is missed and continues to set an example for those who were fortunate enough to have known him. The Ivy Foundation was created by Ben and his wife, Catherine, in order to support medical research.

Learn more about the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation here.


A Little Support Can Go a Long Way

Who needs hair when you have the world’s most amazing friends?

Fifteen fourth grade boys from El Camino Creek Elementary School in Carlsbad, Calif., volunteered to shave their heads to support Travis Selinka, who was recently treated for brain cancer.

Selinka, 10, had returned to school with apprehensions after 7 weeks of radiation therapy, Encinitas Patch reported.

And so, his friends planned a trip to the All American Barber Shop to have their own locks shorn off.

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“I was astonished that they did this for me,” Selinka told Patch. “It was amazing just knowing that I have all my friends there.”

Now, Selinka no longer wears a hat to school, FOX 5 San Diego reported. He and his mother told the station that they were thankful for his friends’ actions.

“It was overwhelming and every time I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes,” Lynne Selinka, Travis’ mother, said.

For more information: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/13/travis-selinka-friends-shave-heads_n_3434720.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

17-Year-Old With Terminal Cancer Signs Record Deal

Posted by Carly Lanning

Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, when he was 14 years old, after months of intense hip pain revealed a tumor was discovered growing on his bone. In the past three years of treatment, Zach has undergone every available treatment from hip replacement surgery and months of physical therapy to numerous cycles of chemotherapy. This past year, doctors recently found growths on Zach’s pelvis and lungs and, running out of treatment options, have given Zach a couple more months to live.

Turning to YouTube to share his goodbyes to loved ones in December, Zach’s song “Clouds” has since gone viral with over two million views. In an interview with Fuse, Zach said: “‘Clouds’ originally started for my girlfriend Amy. During the writing process I thought about it and I wanted to make it less romantic because I realized that there were so many people in my life that meant so much to me. It started out with Amy, then it encompassed everyone that I love and care about.”

“Clouds” has not only put Zach on the radar for his musical talent but also for his perseverance and optimistic attitude. Determined to inspire others with his music, Zach has taken all the money earned from his songs and created The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund to raise funds for research into the rare form of cancer.

Just this week, Zach signed with Broadcast Music Inc. in New York City, and on February 16th will be releasing his album “Fix Me Up” at benefit concert “Up, Up, Up. A Concert for Zach” at Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis.


The Fight Against Cancer is not the Only Battle Patients Face

Fundraiser will help father with brain cancer

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 17:13 PM.

Steve Meyers says his son has been through a lot, and he is clearly not exaggerating.

Scott Alan Meyers was diagnosed in early 2006 with an anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. Meyers, now 39, is taking expensive chemotherapy medication at home as he continues fighting the brain cancer.

A benefit to help with medical expenses is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday. It will be at the old Eli Whitney Fire Department at 3917 E. Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road in southern Alamance County.

The fundraiser will include $8 dinner plates with barbecue chicken, slaw, baked beans, roll and a drink. Eat-in and take-out orders will be taken.

A silent auction will include gift baskets and gift cards to area businesses.

“I just picked up three autographed shirts signed by Roy Williams,” Steve Meyers said.

Other opportunities to help Meyers will include a bake sale, and a sale of crafts and products such as Mary Kay and Avon cosmetics. Donations to help Meyers and his family will be accepted.

Scott is married to Bridget Meyers and is the father of three sons — Tyler, 17, Brandon, 14 and Dylan, 11.

A flier advertising the event says Meyers has been through radiation, chemotherapy and other treatments.

“Due to his physical deterioration, he is no longer able to operate a motor vehicle and is no longer able to work,” the flier says. He is on disability and expects to soon lose his medical insurance.

“It’s really tough,” Steve Meyers said. “He’s had three or four major surgeries,” and cancer treatments have resulted in serious side effects.

Meyers said people who want to come earlier than 5 p.m. Saturday are welcome to do that. He expects family and friends will be there beginning about 1 p.m. Besides serving as a fundraiser, he said, the event is meant to allow people to meet Scott Meyers and his family and to enjoy holiday fellowship.

Anyone who has questions or who would like to make a donation is asked to call Steve Meyers at 336-512-7007.



Participants Ban Together for One Cause: A Cure


Hundreds of people gathered outside the Seattle Center Saturday morning to take part in the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk. The annual event not only raises money for research but also helps bring patients and families together for one cause – a cure. 

Carrying big signs and wearing colorful shirts declaring the name of a loved one at the cancer walk is like a parade of crusaders – each one battling to help find a cure while showing support for others dealing with the difficult disease.

“Nov. 4 was the day we first got the news that dad had a brain tumor,” said Maria Barrett.

Barrett was just one of 30 family members and friends walking as a part of the “Warriors 4 Dad” team in support of her dad, Ed Elston. In honor of Elston’s alma mater – Oregon State – the team decided to sport orange and black for the event. And despite his family’s best efforts to make things easier for Elston during the walk, Barrett says her dad was determined to take as many steps as he could on his own. 

“We got the wheelchair just for this weekend, and he wasn’t too excited about that idea,” she said. “We’re so proud of him. We’re so, so proud of him. This has been something none of us will ever forget.”

For those walking in honor of someone no longer here, many said it was that person’s strength which continued to move them, including a group of 40 walking for KOMO 4 News Anchor Kathi Goertzen. 

“In the springtime, Mom actually rounded us up and said – ‘Hey guys, I really want to do the Brain Cancer Walk’ – and we said – ‘Mom, you don’t have brain cancer, you have a benign tumor’,” said Alexa Jarvis, Kathi’s daughter. 

But that didn’t matter; Alexa says her mom wanted to come to the walk anyway, simply to show support. 

“It’s great to have someone come up and tell me that Kathi helped them get through,” said Rick Jewett, Kathi’s husband. 

Kathi’s family says supporting others, without always knowing she was doing it, was and is the spirit of Kathi. 

“It’s overwhelming for me,” said Elston. 

Fighting brain cancer – something with no known cure – takes research and hope, and Elston says he plans to be a part of both. 

Currently, there are more than 120 different types of brain tumors. All of the money raised from the walk goes toward patient care, advocacy and research happening in the Pacific Northwest.