CTBTA, Serving the Brain Tumor Community

The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance ("CTBTA"), with special thanks to Eric Budney of West Hill Productions for his compassionate and dedicated work in capturing the essence of the CTBTA, is pleased to present this message of hope, celebrating ten years of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance serving the brain tumor community.  

Thank you to all of our supporters and to Dr. Andrew Salner of Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute, Dr. Nicholas Blondin of St. Vincent's Brain Tumor Center, Dr. James Vredenburgh and Joy Peck, R.N. of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Vanessa Arroyo, advocate and brain tumor survivor, Dawn Brenner and Cheryl Italia, caregivers, Dr. Markus Bookland of Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and Dr. Jennifer Moliterno of the Yale Brain Tumor Center for helping us to tell our story.



CTBTA Board Director Jen Pace and President Emeritus Tracey Gamer-Fanning get kissed for the CTBTA's Giving Tuesday video #KissesforCandice in honor of Candice Castonguay.  Special thanks to Candice's aunt Janice and uncle George and CTBTA friend, Tom Zukowski from WFSB, who teamed up with the CTBTA to get things started.  Watch them challenge people to pucker up for the holidays and kiss the ones they love, all to help fight brain tumors.  Show some love for the CTBTA, and post your own video on social media using #KissesforCandice and #GivingTuesday!   


Cohen Symposium

CTBTA President Emeritus Tracey Gamer-Fanning and Director of the Cancer Program at the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, Dr. Andrew Salner of Hartford Hospital, invite you to join them both at the 9th Annual Fred Cohen Symposium for brain tumor patients and caregivers on November 6th from 9:30 am-1:30 pm at the Hartford Hospital Education and Resource Center, 560 Hudson Street, Hartford, Connecticut.




Whipping Childhood Cancer

CTBTA President Emeritus Tracey Gamer-Fanning, CTBTA Director Jennifer Pace, and WFSB Cameraman Tom Zukowski all take a pie in the face as part of the "Whipping Childhood Cancer" campaign.  The effort seeks to raise awareness of childhood cancers and to raise money for charities, like the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance ("CTBTA"), whose funds benefit pediatric cancer patients.  Locally, the CTBTA supports Patient Assistance Funds and pediatric brain tumor research at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.  Tom, an active supporter of Whipping Childhood Cancer and of the CTBTA, challenged Tracey and Jen, filmed the event, and was nice enough to get a pie in the face in return!  Their efforts to meet the challenge were specially dedicated to the memory of Candice Castonguay, a dear friend of and advocate for the CTBTA.


Path of Hope on WTNH Channel 8

Tracey Gamer-Fanning and Kimberly Roy-Canning visit the studios of Channel 8/WNTH early on Sunday 9/27 to discuss brain tumor awareness and the upcoming Path of Hope happening in Madison this coming October 4th. 



Broca's Area Releases First Music Video

Broca's Area, named Connecticut's "Best New Band" and "Best R&B/Soul Band," has been a fantastic friend and supporter of the CTBTA, appearing at the CTBTA's signature events, Laughter on the Brain and Path of Hope, and pledging to donate proceeds from the sale of their first album.  One of their members, Stephen Cusano, is the brother of our own CTBTA Board Director, Chris Cusano.  The band raised over $13,000 at their "Brainstormin', Playing for the Cure" event in Hamden, CT for the Yale Brain Tumor Center.  As thanks for their tremendous support of the brain tumor community, we decided to return a little of the favor by posting their new (and first) video here -- called "That Way."  Watch and enjoy!

Divide and Multiply...

The CTBTA takes a pie in the face for Childrens Cancer with our friends from the Saint Francis Foundation and Divide and Multiply their message that no one is alone with the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance!


For the Record

Executive Director, Kimberly Roy-Canning discuss the CTBTA with WTNH Channel 8 Reporter Stephanie Simoni and promote the upcoming "Path of Hope!"

For the Record

CTBTA President Emeritus, Tracey Gamer-Fanning and Executive Director, Kimberly Roy-Canning discuss the CTBTA mission on For the Record.

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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