Who Is Chef Brian Winer?
Brian is a 26 year old resident of the Derry/Londonderry area of New Hampshire. In 2007 Brian was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and had a tumor removed from his neck. On June 16, 2012 Brian discovered his cancer had spread to the brain and lung after suffering a seizure at work.
Brian is the Executive Chef at Crave Brasserie and Wine Bar in Amesbury Massachusetts, where this self-taught chef wows diners with creative and delicious cuisine using skills that far surpass his young age.
Thanks to Brian’s skill Crave received the prestigious title of “Best New Restaurant 2012” and was expecting a visit from the Phantom Gourmet in July/August.
This fund has been set up to help get this young chef back in the kitchen where he belongs! Please take a few moments and read below to see how you can help Cook Up A Cure 4 Brian!
Updates on Brian
Since September Brian’s journey has taken many twists and turns, he has endured several different treatments, all of which he completed successfully, and with a smile on his face. Brian experienced pin-point radiation on his brain to target several of the more difficult tumors, and recently completed an IV infusion treatment of a drug called Ipilimumab, an incredibly potent cancer drug with an equally astounding price tag. Four IV treatments totaled nearly half a million dollars!!
Although this drug came with a list of side effects that were certainly terrifying, Brian endured always repeating his new favorite mantra “Kicking cancer's ass, one drop at a time.”
On February 10, 2013 Brian experienced a setback, finding himself back in the MHG emergency room unable to walk properly and with significant weakness to his left arm. Two CT scans and PET scan later Brian learned one of his tumors had hemorrhaged, and that he had a new tumor in his brain, affecting his motor function. Additionally, he learned that his cancer had spread to his back, spine, and hip. There was some good news, however. His powerful IV infusions have shrunken the tumor in his lung along with a few of the smaller tumors in his brain.
He will now begin a new course of drugs, receive radiation on his hip and again on his brain, and undergo physical and occupational therapy to strengthen his arm and improve his walking. Brian needs your support more than ever as he begins this new phase of his journey!
We will be unveiling new T-shirts that will be available for purchase through this site, and we are thinking of having the second annual Cook Up A Cure 4 Brian 5K in the fall. Check back for updates…
How You Can Help
Make a Donation via PayPal
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Make a Donation via Postal Mail
Simply drop us a check or money order payable to The Chef Brian Winer Cancer Fund to:
The Chef Brian Winer Cancer Fund
P.O. Box 134
Londonderry, NH 03053
5K Fun Run/Walk September 15, 2012
The fund-raising event and 5K were a tremendous success, and we want to thank everyone who donated prizes for the raffles and all our runners for showing Brian tremendous support!! We had 110 runners, and the 5K and raffle raised an impressive $6,000!
Pictures of Brian