Naomi Berkowitz, the association's executive director. More than $1
million that has been awarded for research has come from
contributions, usually in amounts of $25 to $100, she said.
Initially, Lynne Batchelor had no symptoms of the disease that had
invaded her body, her husband Kenneth said. One afternoon while
running an errand, she suffered a grand mal seizure. An MRI showed a
growth in her brain.
After a needle biopsy verified that she had a malignant tumor that
was inoperable, Batchelor was given six months to live, but survived
11 months, her husband said.
"She fought a brave fight and never lost hope. She was a real
trooper," Batchelor said.
After his wife died at 35, Batchelor wanted a way to perpetuate
his wife's memory. Batchelor, vice president of a music-related
company based in Pasadena, made a cassette of Christmas melodies that
were his wife's favorites, with proceeds of the sales going to the
association for research purposes. He has become a stalwart supporter
of the association, and is one of its associate directors, Berkowitz
said. Through Batchelor's efforts, Berkowitz said that thousands of
dollars have been raised for research.
Because of his fund-raising efforts, Berkowitz said that
dedicating this year's grant in Lynne Batchelor's name was the
association's way of saying "thank you" to her husband for his
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