Stuck On The Brain programs are designed to educate and give hope and support to newly diagnosed patients and families while helping them overcome the different challenges they face after receiving the intimidating diagnosis of having a brain tumor/cancer. Our programs are also designed to correct the stigma/belief that this diagnoses is a death sentence.
The programs promote unity among all types of brain tumor and cancer survivors which will help change their mindsets while improving and enriching their quality of life. Our programs consist of three parts:
1) We provide educational opportunities to ensure patients and family members are able to ask the proper questions when it comes to their prognosis, treatment options, remission and possible recurrence. We show them how to find the proper healthcare professionals who will help them with diagnostics, treatment, as well as planning for possible side effects.
2) We encourage support from family members and promote community involvement that will foster the holistic development of individuals as they are strengthened mentally, emotionally, and financially to maximize their full potential.
3) We provide empowerment to newly diagnosed patients, survivors, family members, and friends by directing their mindsets to healthy eating, habits. We inspire social and emotional support by equipping patient and families with the skills, knowledge, and fortitude to initiate the lifestyle change they need to fight back.
Stuck On The Brain will engage in programs that will initiate a change in the mentality of patients, family members, caregivers, and mentors while creating the zeal to live. It is our belief that an environmental structure which is appealing to the patient's mindset will nurture their interest and interaction level regarding patient care. We propose that patients should take advantage of opportunities that will increase their awareness and life knowledge. The ultimate goal of each patient is to become involved in their healthcare from diagnosis to full recovery. Therefore, participation in positive activities is a requirement for successful recovery.
SOTB will be handing out candy to kids and facilitating games in the community. As agents of change in the community we must voluntarily participate in opportunities that help make a difference in the community.
We will demonstrate citizenship, peace, and goodwill to our neighbors both inside and outside of the community.
Community involvement activities include, but are not limited to, providing Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets to needy families, rebuilding homes inside and outside of Texas, and visiting local nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.
Celebrate | Involve | Inspire
Survivors and family meetings are critical to the success of the organization. The purpose of the survivorship meeting is to celebrate life’s successes big or small, involve and inform family members, mentors, and sponsors of their loved one or friend's activities/experiences as part of the Stuck On the Brain Family. We will inspire and motivate patients, family members, friends, and support personnel.
We believe that each person can succeed. Success requires a champion's mentality which involves determination, commitment, and sacrifice. We are only as strong and effective as our village. Partnership with our patients is a must. Involving patients, family members, doctors, nutritionists, caseworkers, and that person who is demonstrating a Champion's mindset is key to a successful recovery. Keeping caring people informed of their loved one's activities within Stuck On the Brain helps them stay actively connected with that person and provides motivation for the patient, knowing they have a strong system of support behind them.
Community leaders and professionals are invited to serve as motivational speakers who inspire, motivate, and encourage the patient (adult/child) and their parents along in their journey to success. Speaker presentations include the following:
a) Provide details about you profession and
b) Share ideas of how to be proactive
throughout prognosis and medical treatment.
c) Share tips for success using teaching
points and monthly enrichment themes.
People Across America
During the year patients, loved ones, parents, and children will share in a meaningful experience with other young people while attempting to create positive change in their lives. We will attend PAM sessions during school breaks and weekends at venues such as the Perot Museum, Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Museum of Art, Legoland Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium, Play Street Museum, The Coop, Going Bonkers, Altitude Trampoline Parks, and affectionate Disney World. The patients, parents, loved ones, and friends will also have a life changing week of camping. The camp is a life-changing experience that promotes camaraderie, instills self-confidence, and develops courage in a fun and safe Christian environment. These events are only made possible through the generous donations of the sponsors and supporters of Stuck On the Brain.
Reach Back Mentor
The Stuck On The Brain Reach Back mentoring program consists of three components: Peer Mentors, Personal Mentors, and Professional Mentors.
The goal of the Reach Back Mentor is to help families learn from caring individuals who can guide, nurture, and motivate patients as result of their life or career experiences. Additionally, patients will acquire and develop the skills necessary for them to be holistically successful.
Peer Mentors consist of Stuck On The Brain child/young adult students who are in school and/or currently in college. Peer mentors help our previous or newest survivor students by sharing their experiences of being a part of the Stuck On The Brain family as well as provide valuable information about college life. Peer mentors communicate with their mentees twice per month.
Personal Mentors are volunteers who have a passion for working with youth and who have a teachable point of view that can be used to develop, encourage, and motivate others. Personal mentors meet with their mentees face-to-face at least once a month and they communicate by phone, e-mail, or text at least twice per month. Personal Mentors spend time discussing current themes and topics of the day.
Professional Mentors are individuals that currently work in the career interest of our students and are open to students spending time observing them in their current work environment. Students meet with their Professional Mentors at least twice per year, but maintain a dialogue throughout the year.
Holistic Development Workshop
Development workshops help to nurture and develop the whole child by building character, teaching knowledge of self, communication and leadership skills, as well as the development of social and life skills. SOTB boys/girls attend The Best Personality Workshop which tackle topics and issues that are relevant to adolescent dealing with brain tumors/cancer.
Prepare | Encourage | Influence
The Friday Mixer is a Leadership forum that takes place on designated Friday’s during the student’s lunch hour, where local professionals share their career experiences and teachable points of view using monthly enrichment themes. This forum was designed to share strategies for developing important leadership competencies.
Do you have a success story or tips of success to share with youth? Do you have a passion for youth in helping them achieve their educational, career, and leadership goals? If so, we’re looking for you.
Contact Sheneice Mumphrey at:
“Encouragement is the fuel that powers our efforts to engage, educate, and equip. Nothing does more to lubricate the uncertainties, doubts, and rough spots than a good dose of encouragement.” – Iyanla Vanzant
Give the gift of Leadership. Become a Friday Mixer Forum Leader.
Collegiate Integration & Completion
Collegiate Integration and Completion students receive support in all phases of their journey to becoming college graduates during and after brain tumor/cancer treatment. SOTB assists students with transitioning from high school to integration into their college campuses by identifying key resources which provide assistance with degree programs, and career plan development. We monitor academic progress to ensure GPA goals are achieved. We also provide workshops to address students' emotional, academic, and personal issues. CIC students participate in workshops which help them improve their communication and conflict resolution skills.
Family Share is a part of the Stuck On the Brain support and involvement experience. It allows volunteers, mentors, patients, families, and friends to have fun and learn in a relaxed, yet fun atmosphere. It is designed to foster the development of long lasting friendships and relationships that will last a life-time.
During Family Share patients, families, mentors, and volunteers discuss themes and various life topics that patients, loved ones, friends, and caregivers deal with on a daily basis. Other benefits of Family Share include guest speakers, breakout sessions, food and games in an open and safe environment.
Additionally, personal and professional relationship bonding is encouraged of the attendees to aid patients and families in achieving their goals both inside and outside the home. Family Share meetings will take place during the second Sunday of the month from October through June.
The Stuck On the Brain Grant Program provides a way for us to help improve the quality of life for patients who are struggling financially. The grants are need-based and can only made available through the generosity of our Sponsors and Donors. Click Here to access the Grant Application form.