Bruce Hanks, Brain Tumor

On January 2, 2018, Bruce experienced a seizure when he was at work at the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic. The MRI scan he was given showed a large tumor on his right frontal lobe. On January 23, he had surgery to remove the fast growing mass. It was soon determined that the growth was malignant Glioblastoma Multiforme, or GBM.
The normal course of treatment for this condition is chemotherapy and radiation. He has chosen a more natural way of healing with mushrooms, teas, tinctures, vitamins, herbs and healthy food as his quality of life is most important, having been given the prognosis of only a year or two to live.

Prior to the seizure, Bruce was in the process of transitioning out  of his position of Executive Director of the clinic so that he and I could pursue our dreams of running our healthy food truck, "Solstice Fare" which was launched in September of last year. Through this venture, we have hoped to offer local, organic, cancer fighting, diabetes busting, whole foods and the education behind why and how food is medicine.  He was also looking forward to the carpentry and antique restoration he so loves.

Bruce moved to the area in 2007 to help care for his father who was suffering with Parkinson's disease. He became involved with ANCC in 2009 and began his tenure as Executive Director in 2014. He has worked tirelessly throughout the years to serve the under served in Bandera county with his time, skills and true philanthropy with many area non-profit organizations. The clinic is second only to Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, in teaching diabetics how to manage their disease through diet and education. In 2016, Bruce introduced the Integrative Behavioral Health program, adding mental health care to the services at the clinic. Also, he implemented a texting platform to remind patients of appointments, offer a support system and to share healthy recipes. Now, he strives to continue sharing his knowledge through activism and education. His giving heart has touched the lives of so many people in our community outside of the clinic as well. He has always made himself available to any one in need.

My name is Sidny, and I'm Bruce's wife. I am setting this page up to ask for your help so that he can live out the rest of his life in health and happiness, able to pursue his dreams without the stress of finances.
His hospital bills are mounting and his insurance is running out. Our basic living costs are not being met. I have been unable to work as I have been his caretaker. He would love to go to New England in August for a family reunion, and to see his young grandson again. He dreams of traveling the country to see the National Parks with me and our daughter, and I would like to take him to see the islands of Greece and the Amazon Rain Forest.

Bruce has helped so many people throughout the years with his selfless acts of kindness and generosity.  Please help me make his dreams come true soon.
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Sidny Cook 
Bandera, TX
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