Nominated by Carrie Atwood
I met Trevor through social media, shortly after I was diagnosed with a brain tumor of my own. While I was diagnosed as an adult, Trevor was diagnosed as a young child, while growing up in North Dakota. He was only 3 when they found the Craniopharyngioma, which, although benign, resulted in 9 surgeries and radiation, the last of which was when he was 14. He is now in his early 30s.
Trevor has shared a story from his youth that has stuck with me but is part of what makes him so amazing. Trevor a teacher in high school who denied that he ever had a brain tumor, never had surgeries or radiation, would never go to college or amount to anything. I cannot imagine what I would have felt if someone said this to me. But Trevor proved that teacher wrong. He graduated from high school, went to college to major in Rehabilitation and Human Services and worked in a group home and later in an organization that helps people with disabilities get jobs and lead productive, independent lives.
In addition to his day to day job of making the world a better place, through Cranio Facebook groups Trevor has helped establish and manage, he has shared his own stories and has provided support and guidance to others and their caregivers. He is a wealth of knowledge, always with a sense of humor and a virtual hug if needed. He has also co-organized the annual Craniopharyngioma picnic in southern California, with this year being the 6th or 7th. I was fortunate enough to attend in 2014 and 2015 where I finally got to meet Trevor in person, as well as many other cranio patients, survivors, and their families. Trevor is HOPE.