WASHINGTON — For years, Matthew Baratz listened as his Hebrew high school teacher and mentor, Steve Glassman, shared stories of children and adults falling victim to brain tumors.
“I had heard how common [brain tumors] were, but it never really caught my attention,” said Baratz, 17, of Phoenix, Ariz.
Then three years ago, Baratz’s grandfather — his mother’s father — became one of those victims. The devastating personal connection to the disease inspired his involvement with Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research and his decision to become a member of the Arizona organization’s executive board this year, he said.
“I owed it to myself and to Steve,” Baratz said.