Jacksonville Beach walk to raise money for brain cancer research

Fred Fenton and Dianne Fenton Waters on their 15th wedding anniversary cruise in October 2015. Severe headaches that began on the cruise led to a brain tumor diagnosis for Fred Fenton, who died about a year later.

Fred Fenton II and Dianne Fenton Waters were married 16 years, 3 months and 24 days.

“We knew from the first time we met that we were meant to be,” said Dianne Waters.

But the final year of their marriage was filled with pain and frustration, doctor appointments and hospital stays, ending in November 2016 when Fred Fenton lost his battle with brain cancer.

“The whole year he was sick I felt so helpless. Nothing I could do would help him or save him,” said Waters, who has since remarried. “I don’t like that feeling at all.”

She founded the Waves of Grey-5K Brain Cancer/Tumor Awareness Walk to bring together people in Jacksonville battling brain cancer to raise public awareness of the disease and raise funds for brain cancer and tumor research. The 2022 walk will take place on May 14 – during Brain Cancer Awareness Month – in Jacksonville Beach.