We began as individuals whose lives were changed forever by the five words, "you have a brain tumor."

The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance (CTBTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering support and compassion to those affected by brain tumors. We are survivors and caregivers who are now dedicated to this fight.

As the CTBTA, we are committed to providing hope, support and education to brain tumor survivors, their families and friends. Through our own experiences, we are aware of the trauma and life-altering changes this disease can cause — and we are here to help.

The National Cancer Institute estimates 22,070 new cases from brain and other nervous system tumors in the United States in 2009.1 We believe there needs to be a focus on improving the quality of life for patients, survivors and their families and on accelerating the discovery of new treatments and cures for this debilitating and often fatal disease.

To that end, we established the CTBTA as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to raise awareness of brain tumors, provide hope and support for others affected by brain tumors and raise money to support and advocate for cutting-edge research for better treatments and a cure.

1 National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/brain

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