Transforming Tomorrow, Today
Published by the National Brain Tumor Society, this monthly newsletter includes updates on our integrated research, advocacy, and public policy programs, as well as upcoming events across the nation and in your community.

January 2013

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Remembering Mary Catherine Calisto

National Brain Tumor Society is deeply saddened by the passing of Mary Catherine Calisto, who died peacefully in her home after a long and courageous fight against her illness. She was just one day shy of her 56th birthday.

As a leader and advocate for the brain tumor community, Mary Catherine also served as a board member for the National Brain Tumor Society. For more than a decade, she provided leadership and critical insight to help redefine the Organization’s strategic research program and initiatives. In 2010, the Mary Catherine Calisto Systems Biology Initiative was announced to actualize her vision to expedite the discovery of new treatments and therapies for brain tumors.

Travel was her passion and her career took her around the globe where she collected new friends and colleagues during each trip. Mary Catherine was an avid skier, enjoyed golf, and a huge Boston sports fan. She was also an accomplished cook and hostess who loved to gather family and friends in her home to share good food, great wine, and the warmth of friendship.

Her service and dedication to the brain tumor community will never be forgotten, and the National Brain Tumor Society staff and its Board of Directors will truly miss her.

Advocate of the Month


This month's Advocate of the Month is Jolee Rosenkranz. Jolee first became a brain tumor advocate with us when she joined us for Head to the Hill in 2012. She spoke with passion about her family’s experience losing a close friend to a brain tumor and asked her Members of Congress for their support. Learn more about Jolee, and our latest advocacy and public policy updates.

Community Events Update

Valentine's Humanitarian Gala: A Celebration of Love & Marriage
Newport Beach, CA - 2/16
Join us for the Valentine's Humanitarian Gala. This black-tie fundraising event will be held at the Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach, CA. Check out this video to hear their story.

2013 SSBTR Scottsdale/Phoenix Walk-a-thon
Scottsdale, AZ - 2/23
Attend the Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research (SSBTR) annual walk-a-thon event, which takes place at Saguaro High School. Register today!

New York, NY - 3/14
Join us for a formal charity gala with a twist featuring a psychedelic burlesque carnival of caring, food, open bar, prizes, music, dancing, performers, and much more! Learn more.

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Upcoming 2013 Events

Phoenix, AZ - 3/16
Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk

Wilmington, DE - 4/27
Delaware Brain Tumor Walk

San Francisco, CA - 5/4
Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk

Washington, DC - 5/5
Race for Hope - DC

Waltham, MA - 5/19
Boston Brain Tumor Ride

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In the Brain Tumor Community

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