CureFest 2012 is coming to the Humble Civic Center Arena July 28, noon to 11 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for Brain Cancer Research. The event will honor Atascocita resident and Humble businessman Phil Baumann and his struggle with brain cancer. CureFest is an event focused on live music and entertainment, a car and motorcycle rally, and will be a day of music, fun, food and auctions. For example, Doug Gray is donating a sunset helicopter ride with dinner for two to be auctioned. The main stage lineup includes headliner Javier Colon – winner of the first season of “The Voice,” Sundance Head of “American Idol” fame, Wendy Taylor of “American Idol” and “The Voice” fame, Josh Ward, Jody Booth, Philip Griffin, The Brian Winfield Band and Saints & Sinners. Outlaw Dave of 950 AM radio will broadcast live from 7 to 9 p.m. Event planners for CureFest are expecting a turnout of 2,000-5,000 people for the festivities, with plenty of planned events for kids. Ronny Lunsford has organized “Ride in to CureFest,” a bike and classic car fun run, from the Pueblo Viejo in Cleveland to the Humble Civic Center. The fee is $20 per person, which includes breakfast and CureFest entry fee – kickstands up at 10 a.m. “Please let everyone know that if they want to organize a ride for CureFest, we will post it on our sites – both Facebook and CureFest.com,” said Baumann’s sister, Lynn Beckwith, who also owns Beckwith’s Car Care in Humble. The idea for CureFest came about when family and friends began to rally for local resident and businessman Phil Baumann, in his battle against brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme – GBM. Baumann was diagnosed with GBM in September and has received the most progressive surgeries and treatment available so far. “Something good did come out of something so bad: I realized the love and support that surrounds us,” Baumann said. “I have the best friends in the whole world. My family and my friends have always meant a lot to me, but I never really knew how deep some of my friendships were until I was faced with such a trial. It’s at times like this that you find out how you’ve affected others throughout your life. There are several friends that have reached out to us and made such an impact on our healing, and we will never be able to thank them enough.” According to Beckwith, the family was given hope when Baumann was accepted into the trial that gave him the injection of the modified cold virus, Delta 24, at MD Anderson Hospital. However, the Brain Cancer Research Team at MD Anderson needs $1 million to fund the next phase of their study. This need became the heart and soul of CureFest. As part of CureFest, a tennis tournament was held June 16 at Kingwood Country Club, and a golf tournament is set for Sept. 24. Information on the golf tournament can be found on the website. The tennis tournament event brought $8,000 in proceeds which will benefit CureFest. “Boy, it was such a blast and a terrific turnout,” Phil’s wife, Misty Baumann, said. “We had a silent auction and even raffled off some items. We would like to thank Robin Otis, Darcie Schlegel, Christina Hill, Ann Reiser, Cindy Burkett, Jim and Natalie Malphrus for putting on such an awesome event. Those ladies worked lots of tireless nights and many days to put this together and we cannot thank them enough. It went off without a hitch and everyone is still talking about how much fun it was.” Misty explained that friends at her job, a seventh-grade class in Austin, marathon runners and even babies wear the “Team Phil” T-shirts, which really means a lot to them. The Baumann family is very thankful for the show of love and support from the community. “Phil and I want to say thank you to the entire team we have working for us at Phil Baumann Paint & Body Shop, while Phil’s been in the hospital and doing treatments, etc.,” said Misty. “They have not only kept the shop running, but surpassed any goals we had set for the shop. We never had to worry about the business.” Phil and Misty also want to thank the nurses and doctors at First Choice Emergency Center in Atascocita for diagnosing Phil’s tumor on Sept. 1. “We had been to other doctors that didn’t, and if it were not for them, Phil may not be here today,” Misty said. Phil’s close friend George Taylor took care of their yard and anything that needed to be done around the house while they were at the hospital. “We were in the process of building a pool, and Phil couldn’t be there; so Phil would tell George things and he would oversee the work and relay messages back and forth,” Misty said. The Baumanns also want to thank Fox Family Pools for doing such a wonderful job on their pool in their absence, and for completing the job while Phil was in the hospital. “Our dear friend Debra Dickerson,” said Misty. “Not only was she by my side every day, every waking hour, but she would also take our son back and forth from the hospital to see his dad almost daily and then back to our friends, Stephanie and Lance, to stay the night. She was my rock during all this from day one, and I could never repay her for her strength and friendship.” The family also owes a debt of gratitude to Stephanie and Lance Brisbin for taking care of their “most prized possession in the whole world” – their son Colby. “They had just had a newborn and still took on keeping our 8-year-old (at the time, and he’s 9 now) while we were in the hospital,” said Misty, adding that Colby spent several weeks with them, and they showed him love and compassion and kept him from being scared during this difficult time. Phil and Misty are also thankful for numerous other close friends and family who supported them during this time, and are still by their side now. “We have the best friends in the world, as Phil would say,” Misty said. “No words can express how much we appreciate all that they all have done and are still doing for us especially with this fundraiser – CureFest. The generosity and kindness we are seeing is just blowing us away. There are such genuinely good people in this world. We thank God every day for the friends and family we have and will cherish them always.” Friends or supporters who are unable to participate in CureFest events can make donations by checks payable to CureFest, 2019 FM 1960 Bypass East, Humble, 77338, or by credit card on the website. Sponsorships for CureFest are available online. For more information regarding booths, donations, sponsorships, registrations for the golf tournament, 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. or call 832-527-2774

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