OC Hospitality and You

By Debbie Miller

OC Hospitality and You

National Brain Tumor Society Hosts 12th Annual Brain Tumor Walk

National Brain Tumor Society, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States, announced today its Orange County Brain Tumor Walk will be held September 21, 2013 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

Fiercely committed to finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for people living with a brain tumor, the National Brain Tumor Society’s annual walk connects brain tumor survivors, patients, family members, caregivers, and friends for an inspiring, family-friendly day of fundraising.

Participants can choose to walk as individuals, create a new team or join an existing team. All proceeds raised from the Walk will go toward funding critical brain tumor research and raising viral awareness of the disease. Those interested in participating are invited to visit www.braintumorwalk.org/orangecounty to register, volunteer, donate, or become an event sponsor.

Nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with a primary brain tumor. Experts estimate 69,000 more will be diagnosed this year, with more than 4,000 being children. A serious, life-threatening illness, brain tumors don’t discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of race, age or gender.

Brain tumors are often deadly, impact the quality of life and change everything for patients and their loved ones. With only four (4) FDA-approved treatments, options for patients are limited and advancements toward new therapies are underfunded. Today, no cure exists.

“Only one out of three adults diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor today will be alive in five years. More so than any other cancer, brain tumors can have life-altering psychological, cognitive, behavioral, and physical effects.

And yet, despite these facts, brain tumor research remains underfunded with little progress,” said N. Paul TonThat, chief executive officer of National Brain Tumor Society. “Every dollar pledged from the Orange County Brain Tumor Walk allows us to continue funding vital research to accelerate the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs and the availability of more treatments for this disease.”

The 2012 Brain Tumor Walk raised over $145,000 by teams and individuals. Sponsored by the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program of UC Irvine Health, the National Brain Tumor Society hopes to raise even more funds at this year’s event.

All event teams are led by a (team) captain who is close to the cause. Friendly competition is encouraged when it comes to fundraising and the winning team is acknowledged after the walk.

National Brain Tumor Society is the only brain tumor organization to fully integrate research and public policy initiatives; partner with leading experts in academia, industry, and government to understand current challenges; and identify opportunities for scientific advancement and collaboration.

Additionally, as part of its work to find a cure, the National Brain Tumor Society mobilizes volunteer advocates across the country to raise awareness and support for public policies which aim to strengthen research and provide access to essential health care for all those affected by brain tumors.

Individuals looking to support the brain tumor cause and help increase awareness beyond this event can take action by becoming an advocate, making a gift, hosting a community event, or sharing their personal experiences. Learn more at www.braintumor.org/takeaction.

To register, donate, volunteer or become a sponsor of the Orange County Brain Tumor Walk, visit www.braintumorwalk.org/orangecounty.

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