Prestigious national award honors Doylestown resident
April 3, 2013 - Doylestown, PA - The Intelligencer / phillyburbs.com
DOYLESTOWN — At this year’s Joel A. Gingras Gala in Philadelphia on March 23, recipients of the 2013 Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award given by The American Brain Tumor Association were announced.
Louis and Phyllis Jacobs of Kansas were acknowledged for their support of brain tumor patients and families in their community and brain tumor research funding initiatives. The award will be presented to the Jacobs at ABTA’s annual meeting dinner to be held July 26 in Chicago.
The award was established by the association in 2010 to recognize an individual, organization or group active in philanthropy, advocacy, discovery or patient care and to recognize The Joel A. Gingras Jr. Memorial Foundation’s work, which to date has raised $1.4 million. Joel Gingras Jr., was a Doylestown resident who succumbed to the disease as a young man.
The Jacobs’ son, Matthew, was diagnosed in 1987 at age 11 and died when he was 24. Twice a year, Phyllis Jacobs lectures at Wichita State University, where she is a director of nursing. The topic is about starting and sustaining support groups for people with cancer. Together, the Jacobs have been involved with the local brain tumor community through a support group for 14 years.
For more information, visit www.abta.org.