Through chance meeting, a driving spirit and – of all things, beer – an Akron mom fights for brain-cancer research

Bunny Oldham with her daughter, Molly. Bunny Oldham, an Akron mother, and Gerner, a businessman from New York, have teamed up to funnel needed dollars for brain-cancer research. Both are passionate and driven about the disease that has touched both of their lives. And they are enlisting the help of breweries nationwide in the effort.

AKRON, Ohio – An Akron mom’s relentless effort to raise money to fight brain cancer is being sparked by her passion, a strong will, her relationship with old friends and new ones.

And beer.

It doesn’t take long to see Bunny Oldham is a ball of fire, a driven person whose life in the last two years has been motivated by seeking a cure for brain cancer. Like many passion projects, it’s personal at its core: Bunny’s daughter, Molly, was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer the day she was set to leave for college in 2019.

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Molly Oldham gets national attention in her cancer journey


In honor of brain cancer awareness month, two-time brain cancer survivor, 19-year-old Molly Oldham, and her mother Bunny were featured guests on ABC’s “The View.” Viewers got a peek into what Oldham and her family have been going through. Her nurses talked about how she encouraged them to live every moment and her inspiring story moved hosts Meghan McCain and Sara Haines to tears.

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Taylor Theatre’s a big stage. And for the 19 students polishing their choreography for the “My Deer” scene, Sept. 13 starts a big week – the final one to focus on blocking and choreography. Except for one senior, no one has performed in a musical while at UNCG, due to COVID 19.
It’s a big scene for Molly Oldham, a junior musical theatre major. She’s dancing and singing at center stage, her moment to shine. “O deer, my dear, my dosey doe!” She’s finally on stage, surrounded by lots of talented Spartans and friends. Living her dream.
She’s worked so hard for this moment. After a few run-throughs of dancing while duetting with fellow junior Trevor Neal – the director and a choreographer giving notes to energize the scene – she tosses her sweater. The scene is gelling. She’s ready.

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‘I’m just grateful:’ Molly Oldham beats brain cancer twice, focuses on musical theater goals

Molly Oldham shares a celebratory moment with nurses David Duckett, Grace Perry and Amanda Taylor on Oct. 7 after learning she's cancer-free.

More than two years into her cancer journey, Molly Oldham of Bath has a lot to be thankful for: namely being cancer-free.

The 20-year-old musical theater student, who has faced cancerous brain tumors twice, was given a clean bill of health in early October at Duke University Hospital, more than eight months after a second neurosurgery to remove two grape-size tumors.

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Molly Selected as Four Leaf Clover Run’s 2021 Adopted Fighter

Sometimes a decision really moves you. This decision has certainly moved us in many ways. We’ve been approached a few times about this amazing young lady. Our 2021 Adopted Fighter is Molly Oldham. Meet Molly…

On August 15th, 2019, Molly Oldham was supposed to move to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro to join five other students in a highly selective musical theater program. Instead, tragically earlier that month, a tennis-ball sized tumor was found and she was diagnosed with Stage 3 anaplastic ependymoma, a rare brain cancer affecting 300 people a year nationwide. Molly underwent an 8-hour brain surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital, 33 rounds of proton radiation at University Hospitals in Cleveland and months of daily intense physical therapy. Through it all, the 2018 Revere High School graduate always kept a positive attitude. An hour after surgery, she woke up singing Ben Platt’s “Ease Your Mind” and has depended on music throughout her recovery.

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‘It’ll be OK; I know it will be:’ Bath teen whose cancer is back to undergo surgery, treatment at Duke

Molly Oldham of Bath records her song "Mighty in Me" for Cancer Can Rock! in December near Washington, D.C.

Molly Oldham of Bath had been happily gearing up for the start of spring semester classes Tuesday at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Instead, the sophomore musical theater student spent the day an hour away, meeting with her neurosurgery team at Duke University Hospital to prepare for a second brain surgery that she’ll undergo Friday.

Molly, 19, began her battle with Stage 3 anaplastic ependymoma more than 17 months ago at Akron Children’s Hospital, where she had life-saving neurosurgery in August 2019 to remove a tennis ball-sized tumor.

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