CTBTA To Kick Off Brain Tumor Awareness Month With Two Events

|| March 11, 2019


Path of Hope 5k walk/run to be held that morning, “A Night in Paris” to be held that evening; both events to honor CTBTA co-founder Tracey Gamer-Fanning

AVON – Monday, March 11, 2019 – The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance (CTBTA) is pleased to announce two special events being held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 to kick-off “Brain Tumor Awareness Month” and also celebrate and honor the life of Tracey Gamer-Fanning.  The 6th Annual Path of Hope Walk will be held in Elizabeth Park in West Hartford that morning, and then that night a special event called “A Night in Paris” will be held at Tunxis Country Club in Farmington. 

Both events are being held in honor of the memory of CTBTA founding member Tracey Gamer-Fanning, who passed away on October 26, 2018 following a courageous and inspirational 12-year battle with brain cancer. The Path of Hope is a 5k walk/run and family fun event to raise funds and awareness to support the brain tumor community, celebrate survivorship and honor those whom we remember. It begins at 9 am on the May 4th (with registration starting at 8 am), and once again this year the Presenting Sponsor is Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Additional information and sponsorship opportunities can be found at https://www.ctbta.org/events/path-hope/event-info/.  

Later that night, from 6-11 pm at Tunxis Country Club, CTBTA will host “A Night in Paris” in honor of Tracey’s life and legacy. A lifelong French enthusiast, Tracey will be honored with an evening of French cuisine and atmosphere, which will include live music, passed hors d'oeuvres, dinner, a two-hour open bar followed by a cash bar, a raffle and auction.  The cost to attend is $150 per person, and the proceeds will help support life-changing programs, brain tumor research, financial assistance for patients and their families, brain tumor program support, patient outreach, and awareness efforts. For additional information and sponsorship opportunities, people can visit https://www.ctbta.org/events/night-paris/

Chris Cusano, Executive Director of the CTBTA, said today, “On behalf of the CTBTA, I am delighted to kick-off brain tumor awareness month with these two special events and to honor and celebrate our beloved Tracey.  The day will be a bittersweet tribute to her, but a celebration of hope and inspiration to everyone out there fighting this disease.  Among the many things I admired about Tracey was her selflessness.  She taught me and so many other how sweet life is despite hardship.  To be able to honor her and continue her legacy of helping others through these two events is extremely satisfying and fulfilling for the CTBTA and me.  I know she’ll be proud.”  

Greg Shimer, Tracey’s husband, said, “Tracey wanted me to help make things a little sweeter and taste a little better with her memories, so that’s what we’re doing here on May 4th.  Her work and legacy will live on with friends, family and with the CTBTA.  The people she helped and the hundreds of families affected by brain tumors are the largest reason why she lasted as long as she did.  It gave her purpose and drove her to make change happen.  On May 4th, we get to celebrate her life and continue to make a positive impact on patients and families here in Connecticut.”  

Kim Hodnett, a Director of the CTBTA, said, “I am humbled to honor my dear friend Tracey with an evening that will capture the spirit of what she loved most about life, family, friends, the CTBTA cause and French cuisine.  I miss her and her larger than life persona, but she lives on through the CTBTA in everything we do!” 

About the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance

The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated mission to providing hope and support to brain tumor patients and caregivers, while advancing brain tumor awareness, quality of care, and brain tumor research. CTBTA funds support Patient Assistance Funds, brain tumor research, local brain tumor programs, scholarships for survivors and caregivers, and patient outreach and awareness efforts. 

Media Contact
Dan Tapper
Vice President, CTBTA
860-573-4236 (Mobile)

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