Transforming Tomorrow, Today
News & Updates from the National Brain Tumor Society
April 2015
Advocating for Change

Each year, we head to Capitol Hill to make sure our congressional representatives hear the voice of the brain tumor community. This year, more than 200 brain tumor advocates from 35 states are registered for Head to the Hill 2015, making it our largest advocacy day yet!

As the May 4 - 5 event closes in, we have compiled all you need to know about the trip, which you can view here.

The recent widely-viewed feature on a potential new brain cancer treatment on "60 Minutes" (see more in our blog, below) highlights the importance of our advocacy on Capitol Hill. The treatment discussed during the segments received significant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Increased funding for the NIH will once again be a major part of our "asks" to members of congress this May. In order to generate and advance even more scientific discoveries that could one day become new, effective treatments for brain tumors, we need to make biomedical research funding through the NIH an ongoing national priority.

If you can't attend the event, you can join our advocates on the Hill virtually by taking part in Congressional Call-In Day on May 5 - stay tuned for an upcoming Action Alert with more details. Additionally, you can contact your statehouse and have them declare May Brain Tumor Awareness Month. We are looking forward to meeting many of you in person and working together in fight against brain tumors.

From the Blog
March 26, 2015
"60 Minutes" Highlights Emerging Approach to Fight Brain Tumors

It was very encouraging to see the unique opportunities and challenges in treating a difficult cancer like glioblastoma highlighted by such a prominent national news outlet. And the results from this early clinical trial certainly appear promising. Read More

April 3, 2015
How "Big Data" Can Improve Brain Tumor Treatment & Research

Our friend, Steven Keating, a 26-year-old doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was recently featured in the New York Times. This article is highly suggested reading, and explores the critical issues regarding the use of data in cancer treatment; issues Steven is advocating for, as they have been of great benefit to him is his fight against an astrocytoma. The other side of so-called “Big Data” in oncology - beyond the use in patient care that this article focuses on - is its utility in cancer research. Read More

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National Brain Tumor Society Statement on Harold Varmus, MD, Director of the National Cancer Institute and Nobel Laureate
Upcoming Events
Delaware Brain Tumor Walk
Wilmington, DE - Saturday, April 25, 2015
Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk
San Francisco, CA - Saturday, May 2, 2015
Boston Brain Tumor Ride
Waltham, MA - Sunday, May 17, 2015
San Diego Brain Tumor Walk
San Diego, CA - Saturday, May 30, 2015
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Lafayette Hill, PA - Saturday, April 11, 2015
Beef and Beer in Memory of Michael Slayman
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Impact Golf Tournament
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Go Gray in May 5k
Bristol, NH - Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Des Moines, IA - Saturday, May 9, 2015
The Grey Soirée
Hickory Hill - McLean, Virginia - Saturday, May 16, 2015
Team Billy Ride & Walk for Research
Saratoga Springs, NY - Sunday, May 17, 2015
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