Kelsey sat in the doctor’s office with her family looking at an MRI that showed a visible white mass. Her doctor confirmed the diagnosis and said the four words she feared most: it’s a brain tumor. Overcome with anxiety and confusion, she asked the doctor about her options and what would happen next. 

There are nearly 700,000 Americans who have faced this scenario and are living with a brain tumor. The diagnosis does not discriminate – it afflicts men, women, and children of all races and ethnicities. Yet there continues to be a lack of treatment options, causing the average survival rate for brain tumor patients to be 34.4%. 

National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is the largest nonprofit dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States and is working to catalyze public interest and support for the brain tumor cause. The organization is asking individuals and groups,  both internal and external to the community, to join its “Brain Tumor Team (BTeAM)” as they seek to overcome this devastating disease that affects millions worldwide. National Brain Tumor Society is focusing on the importance of teamwork and collaboration to defeat brain tumors and is providing many awareness, engagement and action opportunities to be part of the BTeAM in 2017.

“Like any effective, winning team, everyone has a role that they can play or contribution they can make toward a shared goal,” said David F. Arons, JD, Chief Executive Officer, National Brain Tumor Society. “We’re grateful and fortunate to have the dedicated support of many volunteers, partners, advocates, and donors who contribute to our mission every day. But this year, we’re seeking to rally even more to our cause by providing opportunities for engagement for the rest of the country to experience the strength, courage, inspiration and determination of the all-too-many men, women, and children who bravely represent the brain tumor community every day of the year. We encourage everyone to consider a way they could join our Brain Tumor Team and help support those for whom participation wasn’t an option.”

Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk

Saturday, September 9, 2017, Canton Waterfront Park, Baltimore, MD

The 2nd Annual Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk is hosted by the National Brain Tumor Society as an event to raise awareness and much-needed resources to fund critical brain tumor-specific programs to improve the lives of all those affected by brain tumors. The Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk raised more than $200,000 in the fight against brain tumors in 2016 and cannot wait to see what we can accomplish this year. 

What you can do

There are numerous ongoing ways individuals or organizations compelled to support brain tumor research and treatment development can get involved, including:

By joining the BTeAM, you can work with the community to advocate for patients, discover better treatments, and ultimately find a cure, for people living with brain tumors. As we take action to make a change for those living with this deadly disease, doctors will be able to provide patients with options for a better quality of life when they hear the words, “it’s a brain tumor.”