Lou Nims, a symbol of hope, of beating the odds, for glioblastoma multiforme (GBm) brain cancer patients for more than 13 years, died July 5, 2017 at age 57. I didn’t know Lou, though I met him briefly at the first Bellingham Brain Cancer Walk in 2014. For a disease that most often claims its victims within 12 to 18 months of diagnosis, Lou’s longevity was the sort of “miracle” that inspired others to optimism.
Nims was diagnosed in February 2004 and was treated at Duke University in North Carolina and subsequently in Bellingham, WA. Born in Seattle and a graduate of Bellingham High School, he attended Western Washington University and was a career employee of Conveyor Dynamics of Bellingham.