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Gala to raise money for brain tumor support

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Greg Cantwell is a brain cancer survivor who just came back from lobbying congress demanding lawmakers do more to help cancer patients.

But he's not stopping there. On Saturday night, he hosted his first fundraiser here in Cedar Rapids, called "Go Gray in May."

Monica Norman remembers not knowing what caused her car crash 3 years ago, until she met with a doctor about her brain condition.

"He said it is so delicate that when the tumor was bleeding on your brain, it was making you not aware of your surroundings or what was going on," Norman said.

She knows it's overwhelming to be diagnosed with brain cancer.

"Where does it come from? I don't smoke, I don't do drugs, what is going on? Where did this come from?" she said.

She's helping Greg Cantwell and his non-profit, Greg's Mission, with his gala to raise money to support patients, like her.

Cantwell is a brain cancer survivor, and makes it his everyday job to connect patients with someone to talk to.

"It's just something I've dedicated my life to doing...to helping others and making sure everybody has the opportunity to talk to a survivor," Cantwell said.

This gala is a night where the people here can dress to the nine's...but it's much more than just pretty dresses and a delicious dinner.

It's about engaging others to fight for one another.

"We need to have voices for brain tumors and patients and patient advocates," he said.

Cantwell said the funds will help him with patient outreach, support and education. You can visit his webpage at http://www.gregsmission.org/.

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