founders

B*CURED was founded in 2008 by Debbie Needle and Melissa Salamé.

Debbie:
“My mother was a gifted writer. After a successful career writing for television and radio she later went on to write novels. She loved public speaking and was given constant praise for her way with words. She could quote Shakespeare, Dickens and Hemingway as if she were reciting the alphabet. When my mother couldn’t find the words to speak a simple sentence I knew something was wrong. Within a matter of weeks she went from being a brilliant, vibrant woman to fearing she had dementia. She was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (the most common and aggressive form of malignant primary brain tumor), and immediately had surgery to remove it. Over the next five months my mother suffered endlessly, losing the ability to walk, talk and do anything for herself. Watching such a bright, dignified woman suffer this way was cruel and painful to us all, but especially unfair to my mother. Seeing my mother succumb to this horrible disease, and realizing how little progress there has been in the treatment of glioblastomas, I knew that I had to do something to make a difference.”

Melissa:
“My dad was a surgeon. After the seizure in late 2000 that signaled his glioblastoma, he was well aware of the dire prognosis. It was very hard to watch him “swing for the fences”, trying every brain cancer treatment available at the time. While he survived for 18 months after his diagnosis, his quality of life deteriorated enormously leaving him in a wheelchair and unable to read or speak clearly. He never mentioned dying, but rather how to speed the pace of research so that he could beat his disease. There wasn’t enough time for him but his legacy of trying to find a medical solution continues today. He is my inspiration and finding a cure to save people from his fate is now my passion.”

 


Melissa and her Dad - August, 2000
Melissa's Dad
Melissa and Debbie- B*CURED Launch