The staff and board of the National Brain Tumor Society are deeply saddened by the passing of David Bailey on October 2, 2010, more than 14 years after he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Our heartfelt condolences go out to David’s wife, Leslie, and his children, Kelcey and Cameron, in this very difficult time.
A gifted singer, songwriter, and guitarist, David used his passion and musical abilities to spread a message of hope. He touched people through his songs and his performances, and inspired many by embracing each day and living life to its fullest. He was a tireless supporter of all those facing a brain tumor diagnoses and inspired many listeners when performing at countless events for the brain tumor community, including many with the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) and our legacy organizations through the years.
David learned to play the guitar in the seventh grade and performed throughout high school and college. After his diagnosis in July of 1996, he turned to his love of music and performing as a way of sharing hope with others. He recorded 20 albums, performed in 21 countries and 45 states, and won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition in 2003. His story has been featured in numerous national television programs, newspapers, and magazines.
He will be greatly missed but will always remain an inspiration to so many through his timeless words and music.
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