Friends, family and patients gathered at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Monday night to honor Dr. Greg Foltz, a giant in the field of brain cancer.

Dr. Foltz died last month of pancreatic cancer at the age of 50.

As a young man, Dr. Foltz was planning to attend Julliard and begin a career in music when his friend's daughter died of brain cancer. He decided instead to enroll in medical school and dedicate his life to fighting the disease.

He eventually became a neurosurgeon and founded the Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish Medical Center, where brain tumor patients are treated by a team of doctors, all experts in different disciplines.

Dr. Foltz also helped create a brain cancer walk in 2008 to help raise much-needed money for research. Last year, the walk raised more than $1 million.

Dr. Foltz is survived by his wife and two young children. The work he started at the Ivy Center will continue; Dr.Foltz hand-picked his successor, who starts work on August 1.

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