CT Brain Tumor Alliance - Fighting for the Cure
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The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance
is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering support and compassion. Our mission is to raise awareness of the disease, provide hope and support for others living with brain tumors in Connecticut and raise money to support and advocate the cutting-edge research we all know someday will find a cure.

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If you donate to the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut's Annual Community Campaign, you can designate the CTBTA to be a beneficiary of your donation by using the code AG6616 on the form that you submit to your employer.


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8.2  -  Playing for the Cure - Brainstormin'

Brainstormin' on August 15th, organized by CTBTA friends, Christopher and Stephen Cusano, will benefit the Yale Brain Tumor Center. If you are looking for something fun to do on a Friday night, please join us for a night of great music!
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7.28  -  Vote for Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance in the Safeco Insurance Make More Happen contest!
The Safeco Make More Happen contest features nonprofit organizations across the country and the independent insurance agencies that make more happen for them by volunteering.

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Shimkus, Murphy & Lemkuil, Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance is in the Make More Happen contest and will receive a $3,000 donation from Safeco.

Your votes could help Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance get up to $10,500 more. You can vote once every 24 hours from 1 p.m. EST July 28 through 1 p.m. EST August 18, 2014.
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7.15  -  Because Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Three years ago, Susan Shimkus Lemkuil and David Lemkuil, Directors on the CTBTA's Board, created the comedy night, "Laughter on the Brain." The 3rd Annual "Laughter on the Brain" was one of our most successful events to date, raising $20,000 for brain tumor research and patient assistance.
5.19  -  Blood Drive To Honor Waterbury Boy With Brain Cancer
Learn more at courant.com
5.19  -  A Scavenger Hunt Fundraiser in Seymour to Aid Teen with a Brain Tumor.
Learn more at nhregister.com
5.12  -  "Be Strong, Be Positive"
Lisa's Luna Pizza at the Simsbury Commons in Simsbury, CT is selling "Be Strong, Be Positive" stickers for $1 to raise money and awareness about brain tumors/brain cancer. The stickers were created by Morgan Platt, a 10 year old Avon resident and Roaring Brook Elementary student, who has been battling brain cancer since 2011. Lisa's Luna Pizza will match each dollar raised and the funds will benefit Morgan and the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance. Check out Morgan in action as she inspires others to "Roar."
5.1  -  "Holden It Together"
New Milford Softball will host Newtown Softball in a "gray out" game called "Holden It Together" on May 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM as part of Brain Tumor Awareness Month.

Eileen Holden, Head Varsity Softball Coach at New Milford High School, is organizing the event to promote brain cancer awareness and to raise money for brain cancer research. Her father was recently diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. During the game, the softball program will be selling baked goods, "Holden It Together" bracelets, and "Holden It Together" t-shirts, with all proceeds to be donated to the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance ("CTBTA").

Both teams will be wearing gray ribbons and sweat bands, and the New Milford team will be outfitted in new gray uniforms for the cause.

Please come out and support this wonderful effort for the CTBTA, these two great teams, some exciting high school softball, and Coach Holden and her family.

4.28  -  Get Ready to Go Gray In May!
Maria's at it again! Maria will be "going gray" in May for Brain Tumor Awareness Month, wearing gray every day of the month. To help raise awareness about brain tumors and to add to her gray wardrobe, Maria designed a gray "Gray Matters" t-shirt and is offering it through a Booster campaign to benefit the CTBTA. Check it out here.
3.29  -  Grey Matters
We are pleased to share this blog from an inspiring brain tumor survivor and new CTBTA friend.

Chris writes: "When I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, my world was turned upside down. I knew of teachers and friends of friends who had been diagnosed with brain tumors, but nobody in my immediate family. I was alone in this fight, but not without the tremendous support of my family and friends.

I started this blog as a way to share my story with others. To educate, inspire and be an outlet for those who are currently undergoing treatment or who are just diagnosed ... While I likely face obstacles for the rest of my life, I am here to share with you my story to show you that today was not as bad as it seems and tomorrow gives rise to new opportunities."


3.29  -  A Birthday to Remember
March 15th would have been Katy Wichlac's 66th birthday, and so her daughter, Maria Grove, wanted to make sure that Katy's life was celebrated, and her memory honored, in style — toga style, that is.
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3.12  -  Even Brain Cancer Isn't Stopping This Dedicated State Rep From Running For Reelection
(as reported in the Huffington Post)
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3.7  -  CTBTA President, Tracey Gamer-Fanning, offers a personal message of hope for those who hear the words, "You have a brain tumor."
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3.7  -  Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation Donates $500 to the CTBTA
The CTBTA thanks the Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation and Caroline Leite of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company of Simsbury for their recent $500 donation to the CTBTA. With this contribution, Coldwell Banker joins the CTBTA as its first Advocate Sponsor of 2014, offering hope and support to brain tumor patients and their caregivers. Caroline Leite dedicates this donation in memory of her mother, who passed away in 1994 due to a brain tumor. Shown here are Caroline Leite (right) and CTBTA Director, Jennifer Pace.
2.3  -  Inspired and Honored at Connecticut Children's Medical Center
The CTBTA was inspired by our meeting with Dr. Ferrer of Connecticut Children's Medical Center on January 30, 2014 to learn of the pioneering research underway right here in Connecticut to treat certain pediatric cancers including brain tumors. We were also thrilled to meet some of Connecticut Children's radiology team, who shared the amazing impact that the CTBTA's MRI Cinemavision System donation has had on their patients, especially those with a brain tumor. Our thanks to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center Foundation who honored the CTBTA with a plaque, recognizing the gift, outside the MRI room.
Click here to read their Thank You Letter. ...
1.10  -  Governor Malloy creates cabinet-level position to advocate on behalf of the state's disability community.
West Hartford Patch
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12.17  -  Strength in Numbers - West Hartford residents make battle against brain tumor a family affair
The West Hartford Press
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12.13  -  Pictures from the 2013 KO Trivia Challenge
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12.3  -  Minds to Heal: Going Beyond Brain Surgery

Please watch and set your DVRs to record WFSB this Thursday, December 5th at 7:30 PM as CTBTA friend and guest speaker, John Baskowski, and his wife, Denise, are featured in their miraculous story of their journey through John's brain surgery, following his brain tumor diagnosis, and their determination to reclaim life. The CTBTA was pleased to welcome John and Denise to our recent Trivia Challenge to benefit brain tumor patients, caregivers, and the medical facilities that care for them. Their story and the extraordinary efforts of their medical team at Hartford Hospital is a wonderful example of how advancing medicine is Giving Hope.
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11.12  -  KO Teen Trivia Night Will Benefit Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance

Read the Full Article at Courant .com
4.22  -  To Our CTBTA Volunteers: Thank You!
The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance ("CTBTA") thanks all of its volunteers during this National Volunteer Week for their extraordinary service. We value your dedication and support, and we are so grateful for all of your hard work at our events throughout the year. You make our alliance strong. Thank you for turning your time and efforts into hope!
8.2.14  -  For The Record
CTBTA President, Tracey Gamer-Fanning and Executive Director, Kimberly Roy-Canning discuss the CTBTA mission on For the Record.

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11.21.13  -  Connecticut Children's Medical Center Roar Music Video
Help CTBTA friend, 10 year old Morgan Platt, ROAR when the video she made to bring awareness about brain tumors and childhood cancers, goes viral!

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We'll share any news and events on everything we know about this disease as well as our own work and efforts.

Picture of Katy Wichlac Katy Wichlac, Loving Mother, Nana and Friend - we miss you.
Picture of Nancy Wasserman In loving Memory of our dear friend, Nancy Wasserman.
Picture of Risa Becker In loving memory of a CTBTA Superstar, Risa Becker
Picture of Roseann Suraci In loving memory of Roseann Suraci. A beautiful, kind heart gone too soon.

9.14.1972 - 7.17.2010

Picture of Sue Heath In memory of Sue Heath, guiding us and loving us from above.