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August 2013

Weekend Events Reflect ABTA Legacy, MissionCouple from 2013 Conference
Nearly 200 patients, caregivers, researchers and allied health professionals came together from around the country for the ABTA’s 2013 Patient & Family Conference on July 26-27 in Chicago. Conference participants took part in an interactive yoga session, sampled a variety of easy-to-prepare “superfoods,” and came away with practical tips and strategies for caregiving, working with their health care team, and managing common tumor treatment side effects. Between sessions, attendees enjoyed some quiet time to connect with each other.

40 Years of Providing and Pursuing Answers
Susan Kramer and Linda GoldsteinThe ABTA’s 40th Anniversary Dinner, “An Evening of Love & Laughter,” held in conjunction with the 2013 Patient & Family Conference, honored our co-founders, Susan Netchin Kramer and Linda Gene Goldstein (pictured right); the ABTA’s past board leadership; and Lou and Phyllis Jacobs, recipients of this year’s Joel A. Gingras, Jr. Award (pictured below).

Lou and Phyllis Jacobs

The evening closed with a performance by Chicago’s legendary Second City, who—in addition to their trademark sketches and improv—performed an original anthem in honor of the ABTA’s anniversary. 

Thanks to all who helped make our Conference & Anniversary weekend so special and memorable. You can visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the dinner. 


Research Outcomes Reports
2013 Research Outcomes pictureScientists from 16 research institutions met at the 2013 Patient & Family Conference to share the outcomes of their ABTA-funded research. A poster session during the conference allowed patients and their families to meet and ask questions of these young investigators. 

Researchers attended a special luncheon presentation from William Timmer, PhD, program director at the National Cancer Institute Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP). Dr. Timmer shared suggestions for effective grant writing in the current NIH funding environment.

Click here to review the 2013 ABTA-funded research outcome reports


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August Webinars

Opportunities for learning continue this month with two educational webinars: 

  • “Understanding Meningioma Tumors: Updates in Treatments and Trends” on Thursday, August 22 at 2 p.m. Meningiomas account for about 34% of all primary brain tumors. This webinar will provide the latest care and treatment updates, including how the genetics of meningiomas may affect treatment. Click here to RSVP.
  • “Returning to School Following Treatment of a Pediatric Brain Tumor” on Wednesday, August 28 at 2 p.m. Transitioning back to school after treatment marks an important milestone, but does require special attention and care. This webinar will discuss preparations for returning to school and strategies for handling post-treatment needs. Click here to RSVP.

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Autumn Breakthroughs
There will be two Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walk events this fall. Join us in Dallas/Ft. Worth on Saturday, October 26 or New York City on Saturday, November 9. Register and start a team, join a team, or walk as an individual. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the ABTA’s mission in your city. Visit to get started! 


Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing information, support and educational resources for all age groups and all  tumor types. For more information, visit or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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Having Fun Raising Funds

To learn more about our events, to search for events in your state, or to learn how to host your own volunteer fundraising event, visit: 

16th Annual Paul Fabbri Memorial Golf Classic
August 10, 2013
Wheeling, IL

4th Annual Mary E. Smith Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk
August 10, 2013
Country Club Hills, IL

Cocktail Party for a Cure in Memory of Joe Peritore
August 15, 2013
New York, NY

Team Breakthrough Life Time Chicago Triathlon
August 25, 2013
Chicago, IL

Van Dorston Combat Cancer Team 5K
September 14, 2013
Sanford, NC 

Putt Cancer in the Hole
September 14, 2013
Seattle, WA

Team Breakthrough Philadelphia Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
September 15, 2013
Philadelphia, PA

Team Breakthrough Bank of America Chicago Marathon
October 13, 2013
Chicago, IL

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Dallas 5K Run & Walk
October 26, 2013
Dallas, TX 

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors NYC 5K Run & Walk
November 9, 2013
New York, NY

Connect with Others at Connections Online 
The ABTA's Connections online support community links patients, families, friends, caregivers and health care professionals with each other for support and inspiration. It is a safe place to visit, join and interact with members of the brain tumor community nationally and around the world.
Get Caregiver Support through MyCaringLink
MyCaringLink, powered by Lotsa Helping Hands, is the ABTA's personalized online caregiver support tool. 

Find a Clinical Trial Through TrialConnect

The ABTA's TrialConnect, a free and confidential service administered by EmergingMed, is offered in English and Spanish. Read more.

Consultation Services

Our Care Consultants provide brain tumor information, support and education for patients, families and health care professionals. Write or call our toll-free CareLine at 800-886-ABTA (2282).

This communication is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice and does not provide advice on treatments or conditions for individual patients. All health and treatment decisions must be made in consultation with your physician(s), utilizing your specific medical information. The links set out on this communication are provided for your convenience only. The American Brain Tumor Association does not endorse the information contained on the linked websites or individual(s)/companies/institutions operating these websites.