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May 2009
NCI Intiative Prioritizes Pediatric Brain Tumors 
Up to $5 million of the National Cancer Institute’s additional funding from the economic stimulus package may be used to expand the TARGET Initiative to identify molecular targets for selected pediatric cancers. NBTS is grateful that brain tumors have been identified as an additional area of NCI’s TARGET Initiative.

TARGET funding applications are due June 12, 2009. Please share this opportunity with other researchers in the pediatric brain tumor field.

NBTS formalized our own commitment to molecular profiling as a key area in the NBTS Pediatric Research Initiative. Our Scientific Advisory Council is currently reviewing pediatric and adult applications for our 2009 research grant cycle.

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval of Avastin in Previously-Treated GBM  More
Patients, Family & Friends
Connecting with Others
At our spring events across the country, we've seen patients, survivors, and caregivers make meaningful connections with one another. But you don't have to meet in person to connect with others who have been through similar experiences. Our online message boards open up "conversations' to you no matter where you are, and our Peer Suport Network can help you make a one-on-one connection online or by phone.

Important Changes to Financial Assistance
National Brain Tumor Society will no longer be offering direct financial assistance as of May 26, 2009. In light of this change, we are pleased to announce that two national non-profits will continue our efforts in offering financial assistance for brain tumor patients:
  • Cancer Care’s Financial Assistance and
        Co-Payment Assistance Foundation  More 
  • HealthWell Foundation  More   

    Please visit our website for more information and resources. 
  • Events
    Making an Impact this Spring
    May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and it could not have started off any stronger! On May 2nd and 3rd, over 12,000 people gathered in San Francisco and Washington, DC to unite in the fight against brain tumors. The 15th Annual Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk and the 12th Annual Race for Hope DC presented by Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers collectively raised over $1.5 million to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society.

    In the last three weeks, thousands more have joined the fight in events like the 2nd Annual Nick Gonzales Charity Golf Tournament in Texas and the 5th Annual Team Billy Ride & Walk for Research in New York. National Brain Tumor Society thanks our many supporters for their dedication to raising awareness and vital funds for the brain tumor cause. 
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    Ways to Help
    May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month
    There are many ways to get involved. Make the most of the remainder of the month and beyond. 
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    How to Help

    Join us in the fight against brain tumors! There are many ways to support the critical work of the National Brain Tumor Society, and your contributions make a real difference. Your gifts help us advance promising research for improved treatments and a cure, and provide much-needed information, support, and services to patients and families coping with a brain tumor diagnosis.   
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    Together we can raise vital funds for research and support the unique needs of the brain tumor community. Register, donate, or volunteer today! 

    New England - May 31:
    15th Annual Ride for Research through Boston suburbs  More

    Denver, CO - June 6:
    7th Annual Denver Brain Tumor Walk  More

    Portland, OR - Sept. 12:
    4th Annual Portland Brain Tumor Walk  More

    New York City - Oct. 18:
    4th Annual Have a Chance Walk  More

    More Fall Events Here

    eNews Ride with NBTS

    NBTS Regional Brain
    Tumor Conference

    Cincinnati, OH, June 20 in partnership with University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute Brain Tumor Center. Extended breakout sessions on acoustic and pituitary tumors and 15-minute physician consults.  More

    Caregiver Workshop
    Boston, MA, June 6
    Are you caring for a loved one with a brain tumor? Join NBTS at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  More

    Acoustic Neuroma Association 19th National Symposium
    Chicago, IL, August 14-16
    General sessions and workshops covering the latest information about acoustic neuroma tumors.  More

    Research in the News:
    UPDATE 1-Antigenics Brain Cancer Vaccine Gets Orphan Drug Status  More

    New Imaging Analysis Predicts Brain Tumor Survival  More

    Fluorescence-Guided Tumor Resection and MRI Enhancement Show Potential for Improved Outcome in Brain Tumor Surgery  More

    National Brain Tumor Society is a nonprofit organization inspiring hope and providing leadership within the brain tumor community. We exist to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by brain tumors. We fund strategic research, deliver support services, and promote collaboration.
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