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May 2012

Head to the Hill 2012Head to the Hill 2012

On Tuesday, May 8, the National Brain Tumor Society held its annual brain tumor advocacy day, Head to the Hill. Advocates from across the country came to Washington, DC to let Congress know that the brain tumor community is united and fighting back through public policy.

To learn more about how you can get involved, and to see photos from this inspiring day, visit our website.

Race for Hope DC 2012Brain Tumor Awareness Month

National Brain Tumor Society is celebrating Brain Tumor Awareness Month with exciting events across the country. As always, we are grateful for the thousands of supporters who have come out to increase brain tumor awareness and join the fight for a cure. Thank you!

Event highlights:

  • The San Francisco Bay Area event on May 5 was the first Walk of the month and brought together over 2,500 participants to raise over $500,000.
  • D.C.'s Weekend of Hope began with the annual Golf for Hope event on May 4, followed by an inspirational Night of Hope Benefit with American Idol® star David Cook on May 5, and wrapped up with the Race for Hope-DC on May 6, bringing together over 11,000 participants to raise over $2M for brain tumor research!
  • The first Ride of the year, the Boston Brain Tumor Ride on May 20 brought together over 600 cyclists and raised over $500,000 to date.
  • That same day, the Team Billy Ride and Walk for Research in Saratoga Springs, NY raised over $60,000 with over 300 participants.

Although May is coming to a close, there are always opportunities for you to help raise brain tumor awareness. Learn more about the many ways you can get involved with us.

Dr. Stuart SchreiberNow Available: Stuart L.Schreiber, PhD Presents at NBTS Systems Biology Symposium

Broad Institute's Director of Chemical Biology, Dr. Stuart L. Schreiber is the latest featured presenter in the NBTS video series, Stepping Up to the Complexity Challenge: The Systems Biology Era of Cancer Research. Dr. Schreiber discusses one of the most exciting projects of his career. View now.

Community Events Update
Mary Kline Classic 2012
The 2nd annual Mary Kline Classic was huge success raising $20,000 for brain tumor research. Headed by her son Alex Kline, this event continues to attract upcoming talented basketball players each year. Read more about Alex and this incredible event at

Bob Bard 5K
Quarryville, PA - 6/16
The first ever Bob Bard 5K will raise money to prevent brain tumors and find a cure for brain cancer. 100% of the event proceeds will go toward funding research. Learn more about Bob's story and this wonderful event here.

Thank you to everyone supporting this cause through community events - we could not do it without you! Please contact us at, if you are interested in planning your own event to benefit NBTS.

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Upcoming Events

Denver, CO - 6/2
Denver Brain Tumor Walk

New York, N.Y. - 6/16
New York Brain Tumor Walk

Portland, OR - 8/18
Portland Brain Tumor Walk

Orange County, CA - 9/8
Orange County Brain Tumor Walk

Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX - 9/29
Dallas-Ft. Worth Brain Tumor Walk

Boston, MA - 10/13
Boston Brain Tumor Walk

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Items of Interest

NBTS grant recipient, Eric Holland, MD, PhD is a member of the Cancer Biology and Genetics Program at the Sloan-Kettering Institute, and neurosurgeon and Director of the Brain Tumor Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. His NBTS funded research has supported understanding of the signaling pathways that are activated in response to therapy. Read more

In the Brain Tumor Community
ABTA's Patient and Family Conference will be the weekend of July 27-29. A Support Group Facilitator Training is also being held in conjunction with the event on Friday, July 27. Registration is open for both the conference and support group facilitator training at

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