“Guts and Butts” Clean Up for a Cure

September 17, 2016

Pismo Beach, California

Guts: In April 2014, John Gyselbrecht was a beloved, active, healthy and happy math teacher, husband, son, brother and friend. Just 11 months later, gastric cancer took his life. Before John died, he publicly expressed his hope that one day, funding for this disease would allow sufferers to measure their lives in decades, not months, and eventually a cure would be found.

Butts: John’s friends and family will be clearing the coast of cigarette butts and other garbage this September. John, who had a Master’s in Environmental Education, cared about the plight of the oceans. Pismo Beach also gave John particular comfort while enduring his chemotherapy treatments.

Last year, over 70 members of John’s community participated in the “Guts and Butts” Coastal Clean Up in his honor, raising more than $11,000 for gastric cancer research. This year you can join in by contributing at firstgiving. Read more about the John Gyselbrecht Memorial “Guts and Butts” Event here.