The idea for the first CureFest in Humble started off as a joke. But it ended as a $100,000+ success. “People would ask me, ‘What can I do for you and your family?’” said Atascocita resident Misty Baumann. “And one day I jokingly replied, ‘Give us a cure.’” Misty soon realized that the only way for her husband Phil, a brain cancer patient, and others struggling with brain cancer, to be cured, was to raise awareness about the cancer and raise funds for further research. With little more than three months and the help of 300 volunteers, the Baumanns hosted the first CureFest on Saturday, July 28. The event was held in the Humble Civic Arena. Live bands including headliner, Javier Colon, along with live and silent auctions, a car and motorcycle rally, vendors, and children’s activities made up the entertainment at CureFest. Inside, the arena was filled with rows of vendors and merchandise. Children were playing on blow-ups and participating in cakewalks. Volunteers were selling shirts with the CureFest logo and gray ribbons symbolizing brain cancer. All of the money made during the event was donated directly to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, specifically for brain cancer research. The family had countless donations in order to make the event a success. “Phil was one of the last patients to qualify for the treatment he received,” said Misty. “We wanted to raise money so more families can have the opportunity to qualify for new treatments.” More than 3,000 people attended CureFest, which ran from 12-11 p.m. Some of Phil’s doctors from M.D. Anderson even made an appearance. Along with Phil’s doctors, the First Choice Emergency Room staff that originally found Phil’s brain tumor, were present. First Choice volunteers had an ER truck located outside the arena, with a green screen inside so people could take pictures and add their own background.They also set up a nurse’s station in case anyone fell ill while at CureFest. Even though the cause wasn’t a joyous one, everyone was in high spirits. From the kids getting their face painted to the adults sitting at the tables set up in front of the stage listening to music, everyone contributed to the cause. “To finally see the event today is fantastic,” said Phil. “It was a lot of hard work but it assures me that I have the greatest group of friends and a strong family.” Friends of the Baumanns are what made up the group of more than 300 volunteers at the event. “Humble is a great place.” said Phil. “They rally and lend a hand. They came to my side, so I know if worst comes to worst, they’d come to my wife and son’s sides.” First picture: Misty and Phil Baumann, the couple inspiring the July 28 CureFest event. Second picture: Silent auction tables also sought to raise money and awareness at CureFest

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