Football's Mervis Receives National Award
Gary Mervis, a longtime assistant football coach at St. John Fisher College, was recently honored with the 2016 Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Heroes Award by Cure Media Group. Mervis was formally recognized at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Neuro-Oncology, held in November 2016.
Mervis, who was nominated by Rochester pediatric oncologist, Dr. David Korones, and introduced at the ceremony by radiation oncologist, Dr. Louis “Sandy” Constine, completed his 27th year on the sidelines at Fisher in 2016.
This a national award that recognizes individuals who have made a significant difference in the lives of patients diagnosed with glioblastoma. The award was presented to Mervis by the founder of Cure Magazine, Kathy LaTour, vice president of Cure Media Group, Eric Lohrmann, and Fran Drescher, of the hit television series, “The Nanny,” who is also well-known for advocating health and wellness.
Mervis is the chairman and founder of Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges. Camp Good Days is a beneficiary of Fisher’s annual Teddi Dance for Love, which has been a fundraising tradition at the College for more than 30 years.
Mervis is also the sponsor and co-founder of the College’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was the driving force behind the creation and continuation of Fisher’s Courage Bowl, a football game dedicated to the children of Camp Good Days, which has been played annually since 2005.