In August of 2011, James Broach was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, a grade IV astrocytoma, also known as a glioblastoma. This came just ten months after his previous diagnosis of a grade II astrocytoma during a surgery on October 12, 2010. He endured countless surgeries, radiation and chemo treatments, and experimental trials, but despite the difficult treatments and the cancer growing in his brain, James knew he wanted to make an impactful difference in the fight to cure brain cancer.
Along with his wife, Jamie, he decided to actively join the effort of pursuing a cure for this extraordinarily challenging and under-funded disease. The Broaches and our Executive Board consequently established The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research to raise funds and awareness for the benefit of adult brain cancer research.
James lost his battle against brain cancer on August 26, 2013, but the impact his life will have on those who continue to fight this disease lives on through the cutting edge research the foundation funds. "James was truly an inspiration to all those who knew him. Though he knew the research would not come in time to help him, he wanted to find a way to help others. Research requires resources, and he knew the faster we can fund promising novel research projects, the faster we will find a cure for this disease," Jamie Broach says.