Example Basket Story: Nate Tomlin

All of our basket donations have a Brain Buddie story behind them. This is an example of a real Raffle Basket that was previously donated for our fundraiser. Please use this example as a guide to help you understand what is meant when we ask for your “basket info sheet” or “basket story” or “Brain Buddie story”.


Basket Theme: Family Fun

Donated by: The Tomlin Family
In Memory of: Nate Tomlin
Basket Contents:
  • Glow in the dark lawn darts
  • Giant lawn dice game
  • Wooden charcuterie board with pull out compartment full of utensil
  • Personal wearable fan
  • 2 cool fabric neck wraps
  • Humming bird feeder and nectar
  • Jumbo woven basket
Brain Buddie Story:

Nate Tomlin was incomparable in all his roles-as a father, husband, son, brother, friend and 7+ year GBM gladiator. Nobody meets Nate and forgets him. He reflects sunlight into this world with his smile and eyes.

He was diagnosed in 2015 at the youthful age of 27, and had undergone 8 brain procedures, 6 weeks of radiation and oral chemo daily, 16 rounds of oral chemo monthly, use of optune tumor treatment fields, 11 (and counting) rounds of interthecal chemotherapy, off label meds and more therapy than you can name!

He married his sweetheart, Megan, 4 months after his diagnosis and they were blessed with 2 sweet children, Elias and Amelia. As a unit, one of their favorite pastimes was spending time in their backyard with family and friends, making memories. We hope this basket helps you make memories, too!

Nate chose to live every day with joy and hope in his heart. He passed surrounded by his family in 2022.

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