The Nick Gonzales Foundation

Robert Bachoo, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, received $10,000 from the Nick Gonzales Foundation to support brain cancer research. The mission of the Foundation is to increase awareness of the early signs of brain tumors and raise critical funds for specific research projects.

Cindy Villarreal, Robert Bachoo, M.D., Ph.D.
(l-r) Cindy Villarreal and Robert Bachoo, M.D., Ph.D.

Cindy Villarreal established the Foundation to honor her son, Nick Gonzales, who received treatment at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2006, but ultimately lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 29.

“It helped me to heal knowing I’m doing something in his memory,” Mrs. Villarreal said. “I just couldn’t sit back and not do something.”

Mr. Gonzales, an aerospace engineer, was a loving husband and father of two sons who spent his free time volunteering in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and mentoring a teen youth group.

Mrs. Villarreal went on to say, “Family and friends would always say that all you had to do was ask Nick to help and he was there. I miss him deeply.” 

Dr. Bachoo’s research focuses on glioblastoma, the type of tumor that afflicted Mr. Gonzales. The Foundation's funds will be used in cutting-edge studies of glioblastoma metabolism that are generating insights into exciting new treatment targets. “We are so grateful for the support of the Nick Gonzales Foundation in partnering with us in the quest for improving treatments for patients with glioblastoma,” Dr. Bachoo said.