When Phil Baumann was diagnosed with brain cancer eight months ago, his family and friends decided to turn something negative into a positive by organizing a nonprofit event, CureFest 2012, benefiting brain cancer research for MD Anderson hospital in Houston. Scheduled for July 28, CureFest is a full day of music, food and fun – a music festival coupled with a car and bike rally, tennis and golf tournaments. On hand will be live and silent auctions and an amazing lineup of live entertainment, such as Sundance Head, Philip Griffin Band, Jody Booth, Brian Winfield, Josh Ward, Tim Cotto, Bandera and headliner Javier Colon, winner on the first season of “The Voice.” Outlaw Dave of 950 AM radio will broadcast live from 7 to 9 p.m. Event planners are expecting 2,000 to 5,000 people to turn out for an exciting day that will run from noon to 11 p.m. at the Humble Civic Arena, with plenty of events for kids July 28. A diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme – GBM – means an average life expectancy of 14 months, so with family and friends rallying around Baumann, plans have ignited and exploded, creating the first annual CureFest event. According to their website, www.curefest.com, the inspiration for this event comes from the spirit and determination seen in 47-year-old Baumann since he was diagnosed with GBM last September. GBM is frequently not treatable and is the most underfunded cancer. Thanks to advances at MD Anderson, Baumann received the most progressive surgeries and treatment available; however, the Brain Cancer Research Team at MD Anderson needs $1 million to fund the next phase of their study – hence, the heart and soul of CureFest. Baumann’s sister, Lynn Beckwith, said that there are compassionate people in this world and there are cheerleaders in this world, and that her brother’s wife, Misty Baumann, is a wonderful combination of the two. “There were a couple times that I was sitting with Phil and Misty when the doctor told us things we really did not want to know,” Beckwith said. “I saw them cry and absorb the problem. I saw their fear. And then, I saw them rally in a way that speaks volumes of their love for one another and their love of life. After the tears, Misty would take a deep breath and then tell Phil how they were going to beat this, too.” According to Beckwith, when Baumann’s cancer returned, he was accepted into the trial that gave him the injection of the modified cold virus, Delta 24. “It is what has given us hope,” Beckwith said. “One of the most difficult things that occurred in the hospital when Phil was first diagnosed was the reaction of nurses and other medical providers,” Beckwith continued. “The medical professionals who were not directly tied to the brain area of MD Anderson were not able to hide their fear. Their faces would fall, and they would express sorrow. It was obvious that a GBM diagnosis scared them. The first time we heard the word ‘cure’ associated with a GBM was from Dr. Lang, who is responsible for the extensive research surrounding Delta 24.” Baumann has owned and operated Phil Baumann’s Paint and Body for 27 years, and during the difficult times throughout his medical journey, his staff has been supportive, too. He is at work every day and takes his son to school each morning. Family members recall that Baumann’s friends literally stormed the hospital, where they filled up a waiting room and caused nurses to ask if he was famous, because they had never seen so many people visiting one person. They needed their own waiting room. “I am not the same person that I was eight months ago. Life has changed,” said Misty Baumann. “There are relationships that are richer because of this. When we were in the hospital there were so many people visiting Phil and supporting Colby and I that we never felt alone. Our friends have always been a big part of our life and we could never make it through without them.” Misty Baumann’s work family made a banner the size of a bus and they all wore “Team Phil” shirts. One good friend of the family, Robin Otis, was at the hospital every day from diagnosis on. She was there on the day Baumann rang the bell at the end of his radiation treatment. Ortis created “Team Phil” shirts and had them made for a large group of friends. These shirts showed up everywhere, and people wore them to visit Baumann in the hospital. On the day of surgery a large section of the waiting room was full of “Team Phil” members. Newborn babies had “Team Phil” on their onesies. Baumann’s son, Colby, wore a special “Team Dad” shirt. For more information regarding booths, donations, sponsorships, registrations for golf and tennis tournaments, tickets, T-shirts and more, visit www.curefest.com,send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. call 832-527-2774 or 281-851-6633. Photo: Colby, Phil and Misty Baumann have been embraced by friends and family, which has resulted in CureFest, an event benefitting brain cancer research.

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