Angels Among Us 2019

Steve and Chuck
Steve and Chuck

The Rookies


Dear family and friends,

We are running and raising money in honor of my father, Steve, who has been fighting brain cancer for the past 11 years, and on behalf of Chuck, our friend and next door neighbor who we lost to a tough battle with glioblastoma five years ago. Please consider supporting our team to help raise money for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center and their efforts to address this horrible disease with cutting-edge brain tumor research. Your gift will give Duke's investigators the resources needed to support their research.

On Saturday, April 27th Catherine and I will line up for the Angels Among Us 5K for the first time. Please grab your running shoes or your checkbook to support us! Donations can be made by clicking the red DONATE NOW button on the right side of this page. I hope you will also consider opportunities to join us in the 5k or the Walk of HOPE taking place afterwards through Duke Gardens and campus.

Please copy and share this link to our fundraising page with anyone who may be interested in supporting brain cancer research:   

Thank you for your love and support!

Joel & Catherine Grodensky


 About Steve

Steve was diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer known as clival chordoma in 2008.  Since then he's battled through two surgeries and a round of radiation treatment.  Despite his ongoing fight with brain cancer he loves to spend time with his children and grandchildren and most especially, to travel with his wife, Phyllis. 


About Chuck

Chuck James, March 3, 1939 - October 14, 2013. Chuck was a botany teacher at Davidson County Community College in Lexington, N.C. He moved to Chapel Hill upon retirement. Much loved husband, father and grandfather. Chuck died of glioblastoma of the right frontal lobe after a five month illness.


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