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Top 10 Things That Happened at CTBTA Awareness Night at the Rock Cats

  1. The Rock Cats almost won and, once again, proved to be fabulous hosts for a great summer night of baseball and brain tumor awareness.
  2. CTBTA Board Members, Tracey Gamer-Fanning, Greg Shimer, Maria Grove, and Ron Mairano, donned their baseball caps, brought friends and family to the game, and cheered on the more than 150 brain tumor and brain cancer patients, caregivers, and family members who came out to CTBTA Awareness Night.
  3. Yale's School of Medicine/Brain Tumor Center/Yale-New Haven Hospital sent CTBTA and Rock Cats fans to the game for some summertime fun.
  4. Noting that the CTBTA began after its founding members met at a Hartford Hospital Brain Tumor Support Group meeting, Hartford Hospital's Hillary Keller and Erin Williams attended the Rock Cats event and made a special effort to bring an amazing group from Hartford Hospital to the game: hospital staff and families, support group members, and brain tumor survivors. Their seats were filled and so were our hearts!
  5. Longtime CTBTA supporter, Whitney Dionne, from Saint Francis Hospital Foundation, brought a fantastic group of fans from Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center/Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital to the game and spent more than an hour helping CTBTA's Executive Director hand out silly bands and brain tumor awareness bands. This woman is simply awesome!
  6. Connecticut Children's Medical Center was very well represented at the game — giving over 25 of its kids and families the chance just to be kids again. Baseball, treats, Rocky the Rock Cat. And smiles — lots of smiles.
  7. KBE Building Corporation, a Premier CTBTA Sponsor, showed what it means to be a company that really stands behind its program, "50 Ways to Make a Difference." Not only did they send Allan Kleban, Barrie Deschaine, and several others from KBE to the game, but they also donated tickets to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, a long-term care rehabilitation hospital. Three cheers for a company that helps build hope.
  8. Because of the generosity of the CTBTA's Premier Sponsors: AIX Group Inc., New Country BMW & Mini, KBE Building Corporation, Conning, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Yale School of Medicine, over 150 brain tumor and brain cancer patients, their caregivers, and their friends and families attended the game for free.
  9. We caught up with old friends and made new friends:

    • people who understand this cause because they too have been touched by a brain tumor diagnosis;
    • Kohl's Cares, a program from Kohl's which pledges to give back to its community, not only through money and resources but also through talent and time — They've offered to send Kohl's Associates in Action to help the CTBTA with its events; and
    • incredible kids from Camp Wah Nee who attended the game — We gave them free silly bands and a CTBTA/brain tumor awareness band and asked only that they spread the word in return. One boy from the camp reached into his pocket and donated $20 to help brain tumor patients. Two other campers, upon hearing what the first generous camper did, followed suit by donating another $5 and $2, respectively.
  10. Logan Schoenhardt, a 6 year old boy from Simsbury, CT, triumphantly threw out the first pitch as 22 friends and family members cheered him on. A patient at Connecticut Children's Medical Center and a champion brain tumor survivor, Logan showed an impressive arm on the field, equally impressive dance moves in the stands with his friends, and a smile that would melt a million hearts.