Lanette Veres

Gray Matters Foundation

After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1998, Lanette founded the Gray Matters Foundation to help patients cope emotionally. She and her cadre of 50 volunteers help guide patients and their families through the web of hospital visits, surgeries, and the emotional ups and downs – and bring joy and hope in a time of stress. From her beginnings volunteering as a facilitator at the Barrow Brain Tumor Support group to now answering international calls at 4am from patients needing help (from over 30 countries), Lanette has always worked tirelessly – from simple gestures like handwritten cards and stickers to full design and decoration of patient rooms, every patient and family that Gray Matters touches feels that there is someone who cares and believes in them. To date, that number of lives touched reaches into the thousands.