December 2018

Hope is the Most Meaningful Gift:
Please Give to Find a Cure

For those diagnosed with any type of brain tumor, their lives change instantly. They must now navigate a new reality of uncertainty, doctors, and scans. But through the work of the National Brain Tumor Society, we offer HOPE for better treatments and potential cures. Only your donations and support make this possible.

With your help, we've funded millions of dollars in brain tumor research grants to hundreds of researchers and clinicians at leading cancer institutions around the world to find a cure. We've driven many new groundbreaking discoveries and important public policy results, and we are ever-closer to accelerating the development of new medicines and treatments to conquer and cure brain tumors.

We deeply thank you for your past generosity and hope you'll consider giving to our annual End-of-Year Fundraising Appeal again this year. Give a gift today to keep this momentum going.

From the CEO's Desk

After five years as Chairman of our Board, Michael Nathanson's extraordinary term of leadership ended last week. Michael, who is living with a brain tumor himself, leaves the Board with a great legacy of accomplishment and love for the brain tumor community and for our organization.

Read more.

Head to the Hill, May 5-7, 2019, Washington, DC

Save the date!

This annual event has become a powerful vehicle to ensure the voice of the brain tumor community is being heard on Capitol Hill. Your participation in Head to the Hill will help policymakers better understand the critical and urgent needs of this community and the policies that are vital to ensuring availability of treatments, increased scientific research, and the discovery of a cure.

During this two-day event, you will:

  • Learn about key public policy issues facing the brain tumor community
  • Speak with congressional leaders to raise awareness of the issues, needs, and priorities of the brain tumor community
  • Meet other brain tumor advocates from across the United States
  • Make a difference in the lives of the hundreds of thousands of Americans living with a brain tumor

Learn more about Head to the Hill.


Connecticut Brain Freeze
SUN, MAR 3, 2019

Charlotte Brain Tumor Race
SAT, MAR 23, 2019

Northwest Brain Freeze
SAT, APR 6, 2019

Race for Hope – DC
SUN, MAY 5, 2019

Northwest Brain Tumor Walk
SUN, MAY 5, 2019

San Diego Brain Tumor Walk
SAT, MAY 11, 2019

Central NJ Brain Tumor Walk
SAT, MAY 11, 2019

Boston Brain Tumor Ride
SUN, MAY 19, 2019

Denver Brain Tumor Walk
SAT, JUN 1, 2019

New York City Brain Tumor Walk
SUN, JUN 9, 2019

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Events & The Field

Over $100k Raised at Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk

Over 700 members of our southwest brain tumor community wrapped up the 2018 calendar year with the most GLORIOUS Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk to date. On December 8, teams and walkers came out to Steele Indian School Park and raised awareness a record $100k to advance research, public policy, and treatments to cure brain tumors!

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NBTS Programs

New FDA Approval Uses Genetic Mutation, Not Tumor Site, To Guide Treatment

The FDA has granted approval to a precision medicine for cancer that was designed and developed specifically to target a genetic mutation in patients, regardless of the type of cancer and the body site where the tumor arose. The treatment is approved for all patients with advanced solid tumors that harbor a type of mutation known as an "NTRK gene-fusion."

Learn more.

Community Stories

No Shave November Raises Over $4k

At 14, Jeffrey Himelson's father, Gary, passed away from glioblastoma. At the time Jeff started Shovel for the Cure, inspiring classmates to shovel each winter and donate the proceeds to NBTS. Now a Corporate Associate at an international law firm in NY, Jeffrey was inspired again by the passing of Senator John McCain to start a No Shave November fundraiser with family, friends, and coworkers.

Learn about No Shave November.


SNO-Cap 2018: Recapping The Annual Meeting and Education Day of the Society for Neuro-Oncology

Passionate About Patients: Q&A With New NBTS Chief Scientific Officer, Kirk Tanner

National Brain Tumor Society CEO Receives Inaugural Community Service Award at Society of Neuro-Oncology Annual Meeting

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