Brain Tumor Society to raise hope at Jones Beach
National Brain Tumor Society, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States, will hold its fourth annual Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Jones Beach at Field 5 from 9 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 8 a.m.
Fiercely committed to finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for people living with a brain tumor, the National Brain Tumor Society’s 5K Long Island Walk connects brain tumor survivors, patients, family members, caregivers, and friends for an inspiring, family-friendly day. Participants walk as individuals, create a new team, or join an existing team. All proceeds from the event will go toward funding critical brain tumor research and raising awareness of this devastating disease.
Nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with a primary brain tumor and experts estimate 69,000 more people will be diagnosed this year, with more than 4,000 being children. A serious, life-threatening illness, brain tumors don’t discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of race, age or gender. Brain tumors are often deadly, impact the quality of life and change everything for patients and their loved ones. With only four FDA-approved therapies today, treatment options for patients are limited and no cure exists.
“Receiving a brain tumor diagnosis is a life-altering moment for patients and their loved ones,” said David Arons, chief executive officer, National Brain Tumor Society. “The prognosis for this patient population is often devastating, but there is hope on the horizon. Every dollar raised allows us to continue funding vital research and policy initiatives to accelerate the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs and increase the availability of more and better treatments for patients.”
National Brain Tumor Society is the only brain tumor organization to fully integrate research and public policy initiatives; partner with leading experts in academia, industry, and government to understand current challenges; and identify opportunities for scientific advancement and collaboration. Additionally, as part of its work to find a cure, the National Brain Tumor Society mobilizes volunteer advocates across the country to raise awareness and support for public policies which aim to strengthen research and provide access to essential health care for all those affected by brain tumors.
Individuals looking to support the brain tumor cause and help increase awareness beyond this event can take action by becoming an advocate, making a gift, hosting a community event, or sharing their personal experiences. Learn more at www.braintumor.org/takeaction.