The GBM Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to funding research to extend survival rates and to ultimately find a cure for Glioblastoma brain tumors.
The GBM Foundation was established in January 2017 by Carly Magness Bonsignore, Ashley's daughter, and Ric Magness, Ashley's husband, following the death of Gail Ashley Boyter Magness. After a 22 month battle, Ashley passed away from a Glioblastoma (GBM) in March of 2016. This insidious disease gave Carly and Ric insight into the current standard of care available for treatment and survival improvement. It also showed the need for additional research for promising and alternative treatments, in addition to the conventional therapies. This foundation seeks to bring public awareness to the severity of GBM brain tumors and to raise the funds needed to sponsor the most promising research to ultimately find a cure.
Our story began on May 17, 2014. After a full day of visiting with friends, Ashley developed a really bad headache. She had a history of migraines, so it was assumed that this was just another one. Later that night, she became nauseated and it was assumed the flu. Two days later she was walking into the corners of doorways and running into furniture. This sent Ashley and Ric to the ER where they discovered that Ashley had swelling in the brain - cause unknown. Click here to read Ashley’s written account of the diagnosis and the plan ahead, which she used to start her Caring Bridge blog.
Our mission is to support innovative research that focuses on improving survival rates and ultimately finding a cure for Glioblastoma brain tumors.