National Brain Tumor Society
 
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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.

February 2013

Head to the Hill 2012

Sequestration:
Take Action to Protect the Brain Tumor Community

"Sequestration,” “Fiscal Cliff,” “Budget Crisis” – These are terms you have probably heard in the news to describe the impending budget cuts to important federal programs if Congress doesn’t act before March 1. These budgetary changes would have a negative impact on a wide range of federal programs and agencies, forcing many to significantly decrease or cease current operations, programs, and services. And, while the cuts would be widespread, what the news doesn’t fully describe is just how these cuts would impact funding for programs vital to the brain tumor community.

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest funder of brain tumor and biomedical research in the United States said that the impending cuts could be “devastating.”  And, these budget cuts won’t just hurt research funding and programs, they will also result in major setbacks to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); hindering the Agency’s capacity to review and approve new potential therapies including those in brain tumors. If there was ever a time to make the voices of the brain tumor community heard - that time is NOW. Brain tumor patients and survivors need cures, not cuts.

Learn more about sequestration, and get involved by sharing your story today. It only takes 1 minute to take action to ensure Congress prioritizes the programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to foster continued progress in brain tumor research, and the approval of new therapies.

Community Events Update

WIGOUT
New York, NY - 3/14
Don't miss this formal charity gala with a twist-featuring a psychedelic burlesque carnival of caring, food, open bar, prizes, music, dancing, performers, and much more! Purchase tickets.

Michael Cassidy Shamrock 'N' Run
Rutherford, NJ - 3/16
Lace up your sneakers and participate in this 2nd annual 5K run in memory of Michael Cassidy. Donate or register.

A Brain Cancer 5K for Kari Crawford
Warren, OH - 4/6
Join in this scenic 5K run/walk event to be held at the Kent State Trumbull campus. Learn more.

Find an upcoming event or email communityevents@braintumor.org to start your own community event. Get involved today!

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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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Advocate of the Month

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Patti Gauvin
Learn more about Patti, and our latest advocacy and public policy updates.

In the Brain Tumor Community

April 18th is Ependymoma Awareness Day Visit CERN's site to learn about participating!

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