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Taking Your Life Back After Ependymoma

Ependymoma Community Blogger Matt Cotcher describes a view into the complexities of reclaiming life after a brain or spinal tumor diagnosis and treatment. Cotcher empowers readers to take an active role in moving forward. He shares, "Acknowledge the change that comes with treatment and focus on small tasks that can be accomplished." Read more to learn about his personal experience with accepting change and taking steps to reconnect with life as he knows it.



Ependymoma Awareness Day 2024

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Mark your calendars! Ependymoma Awareness Day will take place on Sunday, May 5, as a part of Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Stay tuned for more details to be released shortly, including registration options for Race for Hope DC and Head to the Hill from NBTS.

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Support the Ependymoma Fund for Research and Education

With your generous support, we will continue to expand our efforts to improve the care and outcome of people with ependymoma.

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The CERN Foundation and the National Brain Tumor Society have joined forces to help people with ependymoma and advance ependymoma research toward the development of new and better treatments through the creation of the Ependymoma Fund for Research and Education. Today, the CERN Foundation is officially a designated program of the National Brain Tumor Society. Donations to the Ependymoma Fund for Research and Education will be made on the NBTS website and used to support research efforts that will benefit both ependymoma patients and research through CERN. Emphasis will be placed on CERN’s historical model of supporting work that translates basic science into clinical practice. The Fund will also address overcoming barriers to clinical trial accrual and the development of new clinical studies for ependymoma patients. Additional funds will be used to support educational efforts through print, media, and awareness events. The new collaborative Ependymoma Fund will continue CERN’s practice and tradition of involving and collaborating with other scientists, medical providers, foundations and supporters of ependymoma research.



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